I started my two weeks annual holiday from work today. And I’m definitely not going to log on to check email and voice-mail … spending my vacation time trying to find a decent Wi-Fi signal, when I really should be relaxing. However, lots of other people do try to keep up with work during their break, perhaps deciding that not knowing what’s going wrong at work is worse than knowing? Whatever the reason leaving the office behind is getting progressively more difficult to do. So, it seems we face two choices:
- annoy our friends and family by typing away on our smart phones in an attempt to keep the level of emails down to less than three figures on our eventual return to work;
- be brave and let the messages build up, so it takes at least a week to catch up once you get back to work.
Perhaps all companies should follow the lead of Daimler?
Email these people while they are on holiday and you will get a message like this: I am on vacation. I cannot read your email. Your email is being deleted. Please contact Hans or Monika if it’s really important, or resend the email after I’m back in the office. Danke Schoen.
I think its important to consider using your annual vacation to do on a digital detox, especially as:
… nearly one in ten (9%) smartphone owners admit to having used their phone during sex, along with unexpected places, such as the shower (12%)
Perhaps we should consider Henry Thoreau’s ideas on the subject of technology?
In Thoreau’s view, technology also provoked an excitement that was counter productive because it served as a distraction from the important questions of life.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate. (Walden, 52)
In fact why not share his thoughts on Facebook, tweet the most relevant parts of it or even download Walden to your Kindle … while you’re on the beach?