Mac Book Airs, iPhones, wireless connectivity, instant streaming, ‘cloud’ computing, pokes, tweets and waves… these days there is never an excuse not to be “always on”. But a recent Guardian interview with Arianna Huffington, of The Huffington Post, revealed her belief in paring back once in a while. According to Huffington this weariness caused by constant connectivity is “…a huge thing we’re dealing with, as a culture, individually. We call it How To Learn To Disconnect in order to recharge. And connect with ourselves. Otherwise you can really lose yourself on the surface. We want to uni-task – if we are in love or reading a great book or absorbed in a creative project, multitasking is an enemy of that”. Her comments go some way towards the argument that just because we can do everything and be always available, doesn’t necessarily mean we should. Blogger Swiss Miss has also been musing this issue, posting this quote from Sogyal Rinpiche, “[Western laziness] consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so there is no time at all to confront the real issues. This form of laziness lies in our failure to choose worthwhile applications for our energy.” It certainly seems that, as technology gets better and better, it is vital we, as humans, do not forget how to disconnect, switch off and focus on what’s really important.


  • Panja Gobel

    Anyone who is interested in learning how to disconnect read “The Idler” Tom Hodgkinson’s bianual magazine.
    “The intention of the magazine is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject.”
    Read more on his blog