One lazy Sunday morning, my boys and I decided to have our breakfast at McDonald’s near our place. The place is full (as always) but apparently quiet. As we are enjoying our breakfast, I noticed this sign at the corner of our table.
My initial reaction is… Seriously? Is it really that hard to stay OFFLINE?
Then, I observe the people around me… the long table on our right is occupied by a family of 6 members – all busy, not just with their food but with their own electronic gadgets. The guy in front is eating alone with a plugged ears. And almost 80% of the dining customers are checking their smartphones or playing games. The next 19% are the seniors who are reading the newspaper and the last 1% is us… having our morning dose of WHY’s from our son.
Maybe, staying OFFLINE is challenging indeed. 🙂
So, how do I keep-up with the itch of being online all the time and still be minimalist on that aspect? Here are my ways:
1.I do not browse the news feed – To explain my reason, I will just quote my husband here… “It’s so hard to stop when you started browsing…” and he is right, Right?
2.I don’t open my social network accounts during office hours – With a very few exemptions, I do not open my FB account when my boss is at the office… just plain respect and good use of man hours.
3.I don’t have internet connection at home (weekdays) – I don’t feel the need and I do not have the time for that after being in front of the computer for more that 8 hours a day.
4.I do not turn on my data subscription – unless there is an important and urgent matters… everything can wait for an available WIFI connection.
5.I don’t play online games – it is enough for me to be married to a hardcore gamer… really, that’s enough.
6.I keep the electronic gadgets out of sight – whenever we’re together, either at home or on vacation, we just keep those gadgets tucked beneath my bag, for safety and sanity purposes.
7.I prefer calling/talking – it’s simplier and it’s better.
8.I write rather than post – writing allows me to elaborate, explain and clarify things from beginning to end. It gives me time to think about the things that I will write and its effects on me, my family and others.
Signing OFF now!