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I Am A Technology Addict: What Yom Kippur 2011/5772 Taught Me


I am a technology addict. It is true.

Last night about an hour after I posted yesterday’s post I sat and wondered if anyone had commented. Because I had decided to do Yom Kippur as by the book as possible – see yesterday’s post for the rules – I couldn’t see if anyone retweeted or commented on my post.

I had turned off my BlackBerry Torch, my BlackBerry PlayBook, and my laptop and it drove me bonkers all day.

Yes, I am an addict. I couldn’t see what was going on on Twitter and I really wanted to know! I truly do not understand all those people who say how relaxing it is when they shut off their devices and go for a “digital cleanse,” I did one 25 hour period and hated it! I guess it is a good thing that my addiction is – for the most part – completely socially acceptable and totally legal otherwise I’d be in trouble. Note to self: China probably isn’t the greatest place for me to visit. Thankfully, I only do this “digital cleanse”  – aka Yom Kippur – once a year so I don’t have to even think about disconnecting again until Fall 2012 but for me that one day is more than enough.

Are there times when you disconnect? Is it a regular occurrence like Yom Kippur is for me? How long do you disconnect for and how does it affect you?

Clipart image via Microsoft Office.

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  1. October 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I loved my technology fast and wanted to keep it going. I dreaded checking email, Twitter and Facebook again, yet I did so at the potluck break fast after neilah to ask a friend who’d been there if he’d left his book behind. That small act of turning on again bothered me. I wanted to at least wait until I was home and keep the good feeling going.

    I want to keep some form of technology fast going, such as marking all of my RSS feeds as read without reading them (though I just did a quick scan – hence me replying to this post – so I guess I’ve failed at that).

    I didn’t even nap yesterday. I shul hopped and spent time in a park with some new friends. You’ve got to take in some downtown Jewish culture with me some time. This YK did change me, though, and I hope I can carry that forward without going back to old habits.

    Hope you had an easy fast.

    • October 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      What can I say Andrea…we are very different people haha. Thanks so much for the comment and maybe I will take you up on your downtown Jewish culture offer sometime soon. We will discuss.

      • October 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

        Don’t get me wrong, I flip out like everyone else when an unexpected internet outage happens. This one was anticipated. Also, part of me felt like I was missing out on that nap. It’s ritual.

  1. September 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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