Going tent camping this summer made me take a look at just how connected I am. And honestly, I wasn’t happy about it. I’m a work-a-holic (by choice) but when I realized I hadn’t actually relaxed in a long time. I knew I had to make some changes. Leaving my data connection off on my phone while I camped allowed me to still utilize technology. It kept me disconnected from the world unless I chose to connect. From that experience, came this thought process.
One of the things that people find shocking about me is that I feel there is a time where you need to just disconnect or unplug. This phrasing gets used all the time, however a lot of people tend to go about this in the wrong way. Devices and technology get blamed for why we find our society fat, lazy, and stressed about dumb things. However, this isn’t the case. Devices and technology are tools that we utilize to live our lives. They aren’t the “evil” that so many people are quick to blame. Let’s break this down a bit since you are probably scratching your head wondering how a “gadget guy” could be promoting the non-use of gadgets.
Below is the presentation I will give at the Michigan Tech Student Affairs and Advancement Retreat on Using Technology to Disconnect on June 7, 2017.