Sometimes you have to stand before the mirror and have a nice long look. I just came back from reading Tom’s blog post entitled: Focus. Tom, like me, does not have a television and he’s found life without it much more enjoyable, as have I. When I started reading his post, he talked about how he removed the Facebook application from his phone. Immediately, I thought of that too …

In the days before I had an iPhone, I had just a phone. It couldn’t access the web, or e-mail. It simply did calls and sent and received texts. Pretty low tech. In February of this year, when the iPhone came to Verizon, I bit. I got one, thinking that it might be pretty cool to have a good camera and a GPS, etc. I didn’t realize, at the time, how far down the rabbit hole one could go with the various applications.

When I first installed the FB application, I got all kinds of notifications. My phone would beep, buzz, and chirp incessantly. I figured out, quickly, how to reduce the number of notifications and keep it to a ‘reasonable’ level. That said, and this is the mirror looking part, I feel almost compelled to see who said what when I get a FB notification, even though they don’t come all that frequently, now. This is, to me, a particularly disturbing thought that I want to check even when I am having a conversation with someone. It’s almost a call and response reflex.

After I read the first sentence of his post and how he removed his FB application. I immediately went to my phone, removed FB, Twitter, and G+. Mind you, all of these are on my computer as well, but it was a nice reminder, reading his post, that these things can certainly wait until I get home, by myself. It’s much more important to be there, in the moment, with whomever you are with than to respond to a silly buzz on a phone. Sure. I could ignore, but it’s best not to be interrupted at all.

Tom, thanks for the reminder!

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The end of summer 2011