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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Turn Off Your Computer

As I've noted before, I spend a lot of time with my eyes on a screen and my fingers on a keyboard (but not at the same time--I still have to hunt and peck, albeit quickly).

On my recent trip through eastern China, though, I spent less than an hour a day online. True, that's not no computer, but it’s a serious reduction.

And it was great.

Resources like Twitter and Facebook can be wonderful, but as my buddy Eric in Japan taught me long ago regarding email: These things are supposed to serve you; you're not meant to be serving them.

Just watch some of those Twitter users: posts several times an hour, all day long, and "from web," meaning they're typing those messages in real time, not scheduling them through a third-party like TweetDeck or TweetLater.

Junkies.

So turn off that computer. Or TV. Or radio. Or iPod. Or whatever electronic device is filling the space between your ears with noise.

Take a walk. Play fetch with your dog. Look at someone's face as you talk.

Get real, not virtual.

You'll be happier.

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