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I turned off my phone for a week. You will never guess what happened next…

(Sorry… I could not resist the title… Seems to work for everyone else right?!)

So, my family and I had one last summer vacation. We had booked a trip to the beach earlier this summer (like summers past) and as the trip approached I felt I really needed a break from work and more specifically technology. So I made the decision to leave behind my laptop, iPad, and even my iPhone. So for a week, a full seven days, I did not have access to text messages, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

You know what happened? NOTHING…

When I did log back into the digital world I had 580 emails, dozens of text messages, voicemails, etc. As I went though each of them I had determined that nothing had exploded, clients were happy, etc.

You know what did happen? I enjoyed time with my family.

This has helped me realize I do not always need to be “on” – it is OK if I don’t respond in 4.7 seconds at 10:15pm on a Saturday. I would encourage each of you to try and find a way to be less connected.

“I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

― Albert Einstein

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Reed Smith