I am observing changes in my own habits and listening to people describe how they manage technology and the Internet. I'm finding there is a retreat happening and wondered if it is just me or if you see it too.
After 19 years of being online, I now can only handle being logged in for about 6 hours a day. It used to be an easy 18-20 hours, especially if I had a fun project or was on a knowledge quest.
Not only do my hands hurt (which worries me, as I had arthritis in my spine and knees), but my entire body seems to revolt. I can feel it tensing up. There doesn't seem to be a physical happy feeling anymore. In other words, I feel pain, tension, anxiety and muscle jerks and the only way to stop it is to get off the computers - and cell phone.
I take walks, stretch, take breaks...which helps but has not helped me stay online longer. Even my Kindle is bothering me and I noticed I make the choice to read a book or magazine that I can hold in my hands more often than picking up my Kindle.
I have some hardcore friends who refuse to use computers, microwaves and severely limit their cell phone usage because they believe these devices are hurting our bodies. I make my living with computers and this is not an option. I try to find balance.
That's one part of the experience.
I'm also hearing more people say they left Facebook or refuse to use it, or any site like it, because of how people treat each other. Politics and religion are not topics that can be discussed on Facebook without people unfriending people and talks turning into flame wars. There is little control over what we see, like those who post pictures of things that cause nightmares for most of us. I am more and more in the habit of right clicking on images to tell Facebook I don't want to see that image or others like it. I've done the same thing with conversations...in the past month or two it is getting to be a regular thing to do. I really have no interest in what unbalanced, dysfunctional people put online.
I've listened to discussions with adults who are afraid of the Internet and young people who are not concerned and put everything online. For many people, every minute is recordable and sharable. For others, they don't want to see or hear about it. With little in the way of sorting, choices are slim.
I see and hear about various calls by healers trying to get people outside. Lay down their devices. Take off their shoes. Connect with the planet rather than connecting with invisible waves coming from TV, radio and cell phone towers.
Have you had enough? Does any of this mean anything to you? Have your computer and technology use choices changed?