7 thoughts on “Enslaved to the Gadget? Take Back Control of Your Life

  • March 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I think one of the saddest things I see on a regular basis is a Mom with a kid in a shopping cart, and the Mom is on a cell phone. I’ve even seen them ignore their children’s questions, and tell them to be quiet because Mommy is on the phone. I feel so sorry for these kids. I might have not loved taking my kids grocery shopping with me when they were little, but at least I wasn’t ignoring them for a cell phone.

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  • March 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Two years ago, I was given a Blackberry by my company, and I found it the best tool to avoid being with people even when am with people. I have some social skills issues, travels also makes me stressed, so instead of improving in those two areas, I found my salvation in the blackberry, checking emails, pretending am following on something important.

    The the day came when our company stopped paying the bills and we stopped receiving our emails on those phones.. I realized then how those phones were effecting me. I noticed when I am with a group, I still reach for my phone and pretend am reading an important message.. its still a blackberry, but people do not know I do not get any emails there :)..

    Today after reading this posting, I decided to overcome the addiction of checking my mail on my PC at home and went and played with dog.. we had good time trying to make her go after the ball 🙂

    🙂 Maria

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  • March 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I’m an introvert. I have no desire to interact with strangers – but strangers never seem to respect that. What is it about seeing someone reading a book in public that makes people want to talk to the person reading? It never fails.

    I have an iTouch, and I read ebooks instead of carrying books around to read. I also listen to music at the same time, using a Bluetooth headset. I love the fact the iTouch helps me create my own little environment wherever I am. Many people assume that it’s an iPhone, and they respect my privacy far better than they ever did when I was carrying a physical book around!

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  • March 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I am on my phone constantly checking facebook and twitter. I do it without even thinking, and browse through even when there’s nothing new to see. I hate it.

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  • March 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Great post. Even as my kids get bigger and I spend more time with technology and less with them ( after all who wants to be seen with their dad), I find a need to turn it off. Sometimes, its just to shut off the radio in the car, or to wait to call someone on the cell until after I’ve dropped my youngest son off at a friend’s house. While the technology is great for keeping track of older kids via texting and the mobility of phones, I still have to remind myself to make a point of modeling non-digital activities, just so my kids will see the need to do more.

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