What’s the number one thing I’ve learned this month?

I need to unplug.

I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact moment where media went from being a tool to taking over. However, I think it was around the time I had the baby and was trying to connect more online while breast feeding. Checking facebook and tweeting was my way of connecting with friends and other moms that provided support. But then it got obsessive. I’d check my email every half hour and would double check that I hadn’t gotten any new tweets that needed immediate response.

After attending a social media conference in early July, I learned about new techniques, apps, video blogging. It only amplified being plugged in. I got so caught up in all that I wasn’t doing. It stressed me out.  All these new things to learn and do. All this pressure I put on my self. But why?

I felt just like this Portlandia Technology Loop video:

Just in time, our family headed to the Tetons and really unplugged. I let my cell phone die. I didn’t check emails for a week. It put things back in perspective.

So, now I’m blogging a little less. I still check emails on my phone but it’s set to manual mode. And guess what? The world hasn’t ended. I can survive without being connected online.

Instead I’m connecting in real life.

I’m using our time to learn. I’m taking an Illustrator class. I’m playing, really playing with my kids (not the distracted “Ah, huh” response while looking up from my phone).

I’m not anti-technology. I just believe that it’s a fine line to having our tools work for us and not have them over take us.

What do you do to unplug?

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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

There are 2 Comments

  1. Posted by Emily

    That video is awesome! I need to unplug more often for sure. Right now we’re on vacay in California, so that’s been fabulous. And you do realize the world still spins–and life continues on–even when you’re not Facebooking, tweeting or texting.

  2. Posted by Emily

    I could not agree with you more. When I moved back to CA I decided to quit Facebook and not get TV or Internet at my new place. Sure I miss updates from friends and family. I found, just like you, that I’m more connected when I’m playing with my son and we get outside a lot more often.

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