How living offline became the new status symbol
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"Going off grid is all about suggesting you’re so hotly in demand that you need to stand back from the craziness – but also crucially that you can afford to do so. That even if you decide to play hard to get, people will still come running. Had Redmayne still been an unknown out-of-work actor desperate for any sniff of a casting call and not an Oscar nominee, he’d doubtless have spent last year frantically refreshing his inbox like the rest. Why can’t most mere mortals switch off? Of course it’s partly addictive behaviour, all about craving company and alleviating boredom. But millions compulsively check their emails mainly because it might be work, and that’s what work expects now."
I still do not own a mobile phone and will not think twice about going out, not being accessible till I return, reaching my destination, doing whatever, and then returning home, without suffering any negative psychological effects from being offline. And my job is ok with that, too.
I'm lucky to have a job that's not intruding (much) on my free time, too. And one with regular hours, so I always know when to come in. And I am pretty sure I can go without social media for a few hours :) I do use my smart phone for many other things, though, when out and about. I buy train and bus tickets with it, I use the GPS to navigate on foot, I listen to audio books, I translate grocery names between English and Norwegian, and measures between imperial and metric, I figure out that I should switch trains at Havant to get to Gatwick, and it has a flashlight app! I guess I don't NEED it, but it has its uses.
You're changing trains at Havant and you're not seeing me? You swine.
It was a very brief visit. I'll do better next time :)
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