Getting ready for the CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans next week, I let a little thought slip into my head, just for the briefest of seconds.
What if upon arriving in New Orleans on Sunday, I did not immediately log onto my computer at the hotel? Wouldn’t that be nice – take a walk and take in the scenery, the French Quarter, the jazz and the culture? After all, if these people can do it,
why can’t I? Just imagine.
Then I was quickly jolted back into realty. The Wireless Week team has a print Show Daily to do, and there’s no time for down time. In fact, that would be extremely counterproductive, not to mention a surefire way to stress the nerves.
Remember when wireless was still a novelty? Back then, the idea was to let people know that being mobile means they can work anywhere and still live a life. Going to the beach? Take your phone! Want to spend some quality time on the ski slopes? If you telecommute, you can take your phone with you and the boss will never know. Of course, that doesn’t work so well if your device acts like an email tattle-tale with “Sent from my iPhone,” but what are you going to do? Fact is, being mobile does allow you to get away from that desk and still answer calls from clients and email from prospective clients.
For me, unplugging from a desktop-based computer is different from unplugging a smartphone. The laptop that I use like a desktop in my office requires me to sit down in a predetermined place. Right there, that takes away some degree of freedom. But my smartphone or eReader can go anywhere. I don’t feel as though I need to shut these off to revive and rejuvenate. In fact, taking away my smartphone, even for a day, is about as appealing as a root canal. We all know people who are compulsive about their messages, checking their smartphone every five minutes for updates. I’m not quite that extreme, but I can empathize.
As for the computer, I can’t remember when I last disconnected from it for more than a day. It might have been months ago, the last time we vacationed at the beach. I do remember feeling good about it – there is something liberating. No wires, no problems. But for the next week, there’s not going to be any “disconnecting.” And that’s just fine, because you know what? There’s always plenty of time for that – I think they call it a vacation.