Hello. My name is John and I am a technology addict.
There. I said it. You have to admit it to be able to change right?
After a long conversation with my wife a few days ago I realized this. I have always been into technology, but over the past year, my addiction has increased greatly. I now have so many ways of spending time with people other than my friends and family and more often than not, I was choosing those other things.
I can be at home and not really “be” at home. I’ll be going through my RSS feeds, checking email on my phone, etc. Anything but actually spending time with people around me.
Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Vimeo, iPhone and so many others. Sound like anyone else out there?
I am not saying there is anything wrong with these services, or any other out there. I love being able to connect with people around the world from so many different places. My problem is I can go overboard with new technology I find and let it take over my life.
But what am I going to do about it? Here’s my plan of action:
1. I deleted my work email account from my phone. My personal time is mine. I don’t think I’ve ever come across an email from anyone that is so important it can’t wait until the next day.
2. No Twitter updates to my phone. Sorry, Twitter followers, I won’t see your updates unless I’m logged into Twitterific.
3. No Google Reader when I am at home or out with friends. Sorry, blog world. I’ll check your feeds tomorrow…
That’s it. A simple system for decreasing my addiction and increasing the time I spend with people around me. I know it is going to benefit my relationship not only with my family, but also my friends and I think those I know through the internet as well.
Maybe you need to do the same thing?