The Downsides to Mobile Life: Part 2- Unescapable
07 August 2009
Many workplaces now give out pagers and phones and similar to their employees, the idea being able to stay in touch with them while they're outside of work (defeats the purpose of being out of work, doesn't it?). Now it's not possible to leave the dreaded work world, it goes wherever you go (the 'dead zone' seems to be becoming a person's best friend!)
Staying connected via MIDs (mobile Internet devices) is very easy and makes life unavoidable. There's no escaping the workplace, friends, family, or seemingly anything anymore as soon as one gains a mobile portal. Staying connected can be good, but it has its downsides:
- Everything goes with you...that is, EVERYTHING
- You're on call 24/7 for, well, everything. Work is able to get in touch with you no matter where you go and for any reason. You know that forest you like to hike through? That could become your office someday.
- You can't escape who and what you may want to escape. There's good reason to get away from it all- time away from family and friends and work. With a MID there is no way to get away, they can get in touch no matter where you are.
- Turn off your phone, shut down your netbook, log off the Internet. It really is that simple for those who aren't addicted to it. Put it away and forget about it until you want or really need to 'reconnect'
- Get out of range of the Internet and camp out in a 'dead zone' where you can't be reached. That way, there's no guilt involved when coming back to say "yeah, I wanted to get away". The cottage I stay in for a week during the summer has no cell reception- you can only get a good signal in the middle of the lake.
- Forget about it- Facebook and your friend breaking up their relationship doesn't need to come instantly. If all else fails, only read the messages you actually need to read, not all those "hey watcha doin" and "you have been poked, reply 'P' to poke back" messages.
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