Digital Unplug

Thanks to some unforseen events this weekend, I was MIA online much more than expected. But, today’s Memorial Day, so I’d almost feel guilty going through my normal task list on a day such as this.

This coming weekend would have been my next (planned) digital unplug. I try to do so at least once a month for my sanity and to make sure I’m also devote important time to life offline. When I was watching the video above, it didn’t even surprise me when I read the statistic about checking your phone on average 110. To be honest, it seemed rather low to me.

I can’t count the several times, out of pure boredom or shyness, that I will check for notifications just to have something to do with my hands. Especially on the commute in, it’s easy to fall into the “work before work” mode. I’m sure you’ve done this yourself. In order to help yourself jump-start the day, you start working off the clock to update your calendar as needed. Never mind that it’s also a great time to focus on life outside of work. Monday mornings especially can’t be quite easy for this.

Now, I’m not saying technology is horrible. I love it. I love it a lot. But it is so amazing how much guilt we can feel over not being “active enough” in the digital realm. Look at how quickly follower ratios on Twitter can shift if it’s been days (literally) since your last update. Ironically, I’m saying this while I type on my desktop and check the battery status of my phone.

I feel like I should be looking for the charger for my brain soon.

The Sounding Board Graphic

I thought of another film I forget to mention in the questionnaire from my last post, regarding favorite films. If you haven’t seen Grave of the Fireflies, I highly recommend it. And I want to recommend Studio Ghibli’s 1988 animated version, specifically. It’s timely around today since it is Memorial Day and the film deals with WWII. Coming from a military family, I’ve seen my fair share of war films and heard many first hand accounts from multiple perspectives (read that: veterans from around the world).

This film hurts to watch. I think ever war film does, but this one has a unique way of cutting into your spirit so deeply. It will change your perspective on the concepts of life in general and how humanity can differentiate so strongly in times of war and severe stress.

It’s a controversial film for numerous reasons, which I respect. However, that doesn’t change my stance that it’s worth seeing at least once. I’ve cried quite hard the 2-3 times I’ve managed to get through it. If you have taken (or in the future do take) the time to watch this–please let me know your takeaways from it.