New Years Resolution – Find some time to get disconnected
We live in a connected world. The internet, cell phones, the digital age can be a wonderful thing. As a guy with an engineering background, its been especially fun for me to watch. From virtually any location in the world with wi-fi or cellular, we can reach any other corner of the world with a simple click. I can exchange news stories, pictures, movies and music with my friends and family.
The practice of law has been profoundly effected by the internet age as well. Documents and letters from clients that used to take days to deliver can now be sent-recalled-and sent again in mere seconds.
When I finished undergrad and started work, a couple of people at my company knew my number and could email me. But for the most part, when I went home, I was on my own time. When I finished law school, I knew that would not necessarily be the case.
Like many people I’m sure, I have a smartphone, I have a laptop, etc. etc. I sleep with my phone next to my bed, sometimes I’m woken up by the buzzing or beeping sound of the smartphone . My phone is my alarm clock, so it’s the first thing I see when I wake up. I can’t help but notice the icon at the top that lets me know I have emails waiting. Heck, sometimes when I’m waiting in line I’ll even check facebook or play angry birds or something.
I think this year I’d like to spend downtime NOT looking at an electronic device. And it looks like the tourist industry is seeing this as a trend too. Check out the recent times article below “The Joy of Quiet”