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:

Staying connected has started to mean being in ‘the loop’ and keeping up with everything. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, but getting away from that annoying neighbour or that friend who calls you every five minutes is always nice, but next to impossible while still being connected. It does pay to get away. Though it’s becoming harder to escape, there are ways you can disconnect;

Becoming “mobile” means a whole change in lifestyle to incorporate the online world into everyday life. Unfortunately, unlike with just computers giving access to the Internet, MIDs allow the Internet to travel wherever you go, so you’re always connected. Granted, that’s not always a bad thing, there are good reasons to be online. However, for some it’s not enjoyable, but the mobile aspect becomes significantly harder to escape.

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