This week I have been in two cities for two different conferences. As a result, I’ve been in multiple flights this week. Each time I got onto the plane, there was an announcement made as to how there were outlets at each seat for the electronics. Right after the announcement was made, people would immediately stake out their electronics’ charging spot. Everyone is plugged in everywhere.
As I was working out at the hotel gym, I spotted a sign that said one had to be plugged in so that the television could work. Everywhere I look, it is about being plugged into something.
A few years back, a guy sat next to me on the plane in a very agitated state of being. He was not angry. He was just fidgety, anxious and in need of a drink or two. He was anxious he was going to be disconnected from the world. I reminded him that there was wi-fi connection on the plane and that eased his mind a bit. Lo and behold, the plane took off and there was a lot of turbulence. Hence, we had no wi-fi access. My seat mate was nearly unhinged.
I sat there thinking about how much this guy needed to detox from being constantly plugged in. That was then. Now, I am not too sure people need to unplug. For a while, there seemed to be more of a movement to unplug. To get people to disconnect and have more face-to-fce conversations. I turned away from that movement. I like being plugged in. I don’t think it is everything. And, I don’t believe that I become unhinged if I can’t connect. I can certainly leave my phone to the side of me at work and not look at it for hours. Laughingly, at times, I go to look at my phone and there are text messages that I missed from my colleagues down the hallway. Regardless of that silliness, I don’t feel we collectively need to completely unplug.
It’s a new world order. Its an odd, interconnected world. We walk around with chargers falling out of our pockets and with extra batteries weighing down our bags. But that is my bag now. That’s how we roll.