Weekend digital disconnect
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Last weekend, I went without data on my smartphone for three solid days.

Mind you, I’ve only had my all-knowing smartphone since last May, so you’d think that I would have easily remembered life before I had the world – quite literally – in my pocket.

During that time, I could only check my email when I was using a public WiFi network, and I had to look up weather the old fashioned way. And imagine my horror when I didn’t know what my Facebook friends were up to at every waking minute or those three days!

And the truth is, while that experience opened my eyes to how much I rely on my smartphone to get through my days, it also reunited me with my attention span. See, when you get so addicted to Words With Friends that you play at every commercial break, waiting without technology to fill your time can seem endless. But since I had no CNN updates and no Twitter stream, I was forced to turn inward for reflection.

I was surprised to find that, despite all my panic over being disconnected from the digital word, my mind was quite at ease.

While I’m grateful for the wonders of modern technology, I also think I’ll try to work in a couple more disconnected weekends into my life so I can slow down and remember the finer things.



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sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Despite constant hounding from my son, I have resisted being connected to the digital/social world. No smartphone, no Facebook, no mySpace, etc., no nothing--except this here computer. I have ONE email address, which I don't readily pass around.

Compared to what I see with those who are "digitally connected," I find it a lot easier to relax, and my life is so much simpler.

lholmes commented on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 at 20:50 PM

tell me about it. I had a Myspace and Facebook to keep in touch with my truck driver sister. I started getting HUNDREDS of "friend" requests and a lot more spam. I cancelled that crap. I don't have a "smart" phone either. I like this laptop and my prepaid cell. Good enough for me.

Iknowyou commented on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 07:48 AM

lholmes, You did not activate your privacy settings on facebook.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 16:39 PM

I think even with privacy settings, you can still get this:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/sto...

Iknowyou commented on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 07:52 AM

I don't.

Iknowyou commented on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 07:58 AM

Take a look at your URL (top box on your screen.) If you see "http" or just "www", instead of "https", you DO NOT have a secure session & can be hacked. Go to Account Settings - Click Security on the left top corner - click Edit next to Secure Browsing, Check box, click Save. FB has automatically set it on the non-secure setting!

sebekm commented on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Yes, but apparently the content that is discussed in the usatoday.com article was "pushed" through the social network to the receivers by way of those already apparently designated as "friends" (i.e., "Clever criminals can push whatever content they desire through Facebook's automated sharing system.") As I understand it, when you designate somebody as a "friend," you are accepting them as a trusted source and you get whatever they send. In the beginning (when the content was originally pushed), an account or accounts may have been hacked, but once the bad guys are in with their crap, the automated system kicks in and its spread through networks of "friends."

Am I wrong?

Iknowyou commented on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 13:10 PM

That is true but it also depends on how you have your friends list set-up.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 at 17:13 PM

Oh...well, I don't know enough about it since I'm not a participant, but it seemed like the article was saying they could push the stuff on anybody just because they were "clever." If users also have to help them out, then that's different.


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