Pocketables wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for my obsession with portable gadgets, but sometimes mobile tech makes me feel very . . . for lack of a better word . . . bleh. I rarely spend more than a few waking hours offline or away from one of my gadgets because if I "unplug" for too long, I occasionally can’t "replug" without absolutely forcing myself to do it.
This weekend, for example, was the first time in over a year that I let more than 24 hours go by without doing at least something online. It was a conscious choice, as my wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day will always take precedence over shiny gadgets and whatever’s making waves on the web, but I was surprised by how much I really didn’t want to deal with anything related to mobile tech when the celebrations were over. I looked at my desk (currently home to my HTC Shift, Fujitsu U810, Vaio UX180P, and most of the items listed in the "other gadget reviews" section of the sidebar) and literally felt sick of everything.
I had plans to work on my Wibrain UMPC review after dinner but couldn’t even flip open the lid on my Sony Vaio TZ until after midnight!
It’s 3 a.m. now so my temporary aversion to mobile tech has obviously passed and I’m back to my usual insomniac tendencies, but resuming my normal gadget-obsessed behavior today was so difficult that I just had to find out if this kind of thing ever happens to you.
I don’t have a love-hate relationship with pocketable technology (at least I don’t think I do) and this isn’t related to my UMPC blues, so the fact that I could actually get sick of mobile tech (even if only for a little while) is strange to me. I understand that even things we adore and often feel we can’t live without aren’t immune to the "too much of a good thing" adage, but my gut reaction to mobile tech this weekend was literally "bleh!" For a split-second, the thought of pulling the plug on this and my other sites even crossed my mind. That’s how much I wanted nothing to do with portable gadgets (and how much of an irrational extremist I can be).
Now it’s your turn. Do you ever want to rid your life of mobile tech? When do you feel like this most often and how do you combat it? And if I’m alone in my insanity, please feel free to leave me the name and number of your tech therapist.
Image of Yuck Boombu created by Matthew Beers.