I have a big confession to make. I am an addict. But not just any addict. I don't pop pills, I'm not a boozer and while I love chocolate, I'm not an overeater either. So what's my addiction? Technology, that's what. I am hopelessly addicted to my computer, my iPhone, my blackberry and my cell phone that my husband is going to wring my neck if I don't stop typing on the keyboard and put the gadgets away.
It started out pretty innocently. A few years back, in an effort to master my work/life juggle, I invested in a BlackBerry and proceeded to use it so that I could be with my kids, run errands and never miss a moment of the office goings on. But then, when I quit my job and started my own business, I started loading up on more technology. An iPhone for my anniversary, a MacBook pro, my old BlackBerry which I couldn't give up and my verizon cell phone. Does one person really need all that technology? I know I could downsize, but for the life of me, I can't seem to give up my habit.
When I'm out with my husband and the kids, I'm sneaking furtive glances at my BlackBerry to see if the red light is flashing. When I'm back home, I flip on my Mac to check my emails or to IM with friends. Then I'm cruising YouTube, or playing Webkinz with my kids or writing my blog or researching a story and by the time I turn around, the day has flown by.
Today as I sit her typing away, my husband and kids are at the Brooklyn aquarium enjoying a day off with the dolphins. Should I have gone along for the ride and given the gadgetry addiction a rest. Absolutely. But for some reason, I can't seem to shake my addiction and it only seems to be getting worse.
Tomorrow we leave for Florida so hopefully I'll have the willpower to put everything away and not look at a single email until I return. Okay, that might be a bit harsh but I do know I've got to do something. It's time to get my head out of my iPhone and start enjoying the world around me. I know it's a cliche, but I have to say it. Life is too short. For the sake of my family and myself, it's time to put the BlackBerry away and enjoy a technology free existence...at least for a few days.