Wendy Lustbader '76 discusses unplugging technology and what it means to be perpetually 'connected' in this piece for the Huffington Post. In addition to her work as a writer, Lustbader is a medical social worker and teaches at the University of Washington School of Social Work.
I like to be where I am. If I walked around with a cell phone or a web-connected device, I could be taken away from who or what is around me at any moment. Especially if I am walking with a beloved person in the woods near my home, I wouldn't want my attention to shift to some other person and place.
Is it convenient to check email anywhere, any time? Yes. Is it helpful to be able to confirm arrangements, check locations, or find someone I am meeting? Of course. But I eschew these kinds of ease for the sake of something that means more to me.
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