Have you ever overdosed on the internet? Some friends of mine used to joke about how I needed my daily fix.
Last night I went to bed with a full head after surfing the net – reading articles, blogs, status updates, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, checking & replying to emails (Sorry if I haven’t replied to one of yours yet 🙂 )
I woke up this morning after a patchy night of sleep and realised that my brain hadn’t turned off before going to bed and it had affected my sleep. And it got me thinking about how often I allow this to happen. How often do I not truly “switch off” because there’s someone on-line to chat to, someone to respond to, or an interesting article to read.
With the internet available on laptops, iphones, ipads, itouch and idon’tknowwhatelse it’s all too easy to get cyberspace overload. What’s available on our hand-held devices can supersede what’s right there in front of us. The people God has put in our lives. The surroundings He wants us to take notice of. His voice talking to us in, and through, the everyday.
Nowadays if I’m on public transport I’ll often use it as a time to check my emails, or the news, or Facebook. A few years ago that time would be spent praying, or talking to the person sat next to me. Crazy, I know. On a recent train journey I found myself annoyed by the guy sat opposite me who was chatting about not-very-much because it was interrupting my time to prepare some work on my laptop. A few years ago I would have happily embraced the conversation.
So in the words of my very good friend, Jack Bauer, “I’m going dark”. I’ll start just one day a week. One whole day of not switching on my laptop, not checking stuff on my phone. One whole day of re-learning how to engage with what’s right under my nose, you know, like it used to be.
Want to join me?
posted by Anna