The night our plane landed in Houston, both Adam and I talked about how much we were dreading turning our phones back on. The silence was very nice. So we quickly called our parents, and messaged a few friends and turned the phones back off. (The hundreds of E-mails would wait a little bit longer.)
We live in a world where we expect instant communication all the time, there are so many distractions. I know that when I send a message to a friend, I start to worry if I don't hear from them in a relatively short amount of time. I have to say it is nice to turn off the phone when I go to sleep, and sometimes it is a relief to be on a plane and know for a short amount of time there are no distractions.
I am not ready to give up my electronics, because I do love connecting with the people I love. I am working to be mindful of how I communicate and who I communicate with though. As I get ready to return to Nepal, I find myself wondering if I will tolerate the isolation better. If the times when I don't have wifi, the times that conversations with Adam get randomly cut off, in those times if I will be able to breathe, smile and go play.
Question to consider: Have you taken an extended break from your electronics? What was your experience?