There’s a post making the rounds these past couple weeks which purports to show that most Americans rarely or never fully disengage from the gadgets that clutter up our lives. While that statistic is disheartening, I am not so sure that it is quite as bad as it initially sounds.
A polling service by the name of Civic Science recently revealed the results of an online poll which showed that 43% of respondents never disconnect from their gadgets, while 17% only disconnect a few times a year:
When I first decided to write this post, I had intended to mention my efforts to build a disconnect into my lifestyle; I don’t have mobile data, or a smartphone, and I usually disconnect from the internet a couple hours before bed. But as I started to think about the survey I realized that I don’t agree with its definition of disconnecting.
My problem, really, is that the survey doesn’t appear to factor in how and why we use our gadgets.
For example, you can disconnect from your Kindle – and then pick up a paper book. Or you can disconnect from the mp3 player which you are using to run your stereo system – and then turn on the radio. You might also disconnect from your TV – and then go to a movie theater.
Am I the only one who doesn’t see a fundamental difference between the activities?