Over Christmas I underwent a kind of internet fast. It wasn’t exactly self-imposed or rigidly enforced, it just kind of happened because I was away from my computer, Rachel commandeers the laptop to be her e-reader, and my phone is from before phones really figured out how to access the internet in a useful manner. As a result, I didn’t check much of Facebook, or send any tweets, or IM anybody.
I don’t know if I was any less distracted. I read a good bit, fixed things around the house, and texted folks to figure out when we were seeing each other. Coming back to it, though, I don’t think I missed too much. That being said, there are some things that I think are important to be able to keep up with, like important email (thanks, Priority Inbox!) and being contactable, which is why I’m pretty excited about my new Droid 2 phone. The challenge, of course, is going to be appropriately filtering “all of the internet” so that I’m able to get to what I need. I’ve had my previous phone since 2006, and needless to say a lot has changed about phones since then.
I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the possible connectivity. Too often I get on the computer to do something and wind up not doing that task at all while time flies by, and I don’t want the same thing to happen with my phone. Over the holiday that didn’t happen, largely because I wasn’t getting on in the first place. I’m not sure if I really learned anything, except perhaps that I need more robust filtering schemes to keep myself focused on what I intend to do. Unfortunately, I can say that about pretty much every aspect of my life, so perhaps tackling this problem is my goal for the year.