This topic was very likely to have been chosen after reading this WhatsApp forward.
My tryst with unplugging started in the good old days of car batteries overcharging and being advised to unplug the battery from the alternator. I did not connect to the modern usage of the term as defined below.

This is a different ballgame altogether and something that needs a different approach to one’s daily life without any electronic gadgets. Can you imagine such living?

I have a lot of experience unplugging during the pre mobile phone phenomenon.  I used to regularly attend ten day meditation camps where contact with the outside world was completely denied and have benefitted immensely from those retreats.  I doubt very much that I will be able to attend one of them now, having settled into a different life style completely.

I know some people who live without modern electronic gadgets and who seem to be blissful in their lives. I do envy them their bliss. I can’t however dream of being without my mobile phone handset and computer with an internet connection, particularly now in the lockdown sans newspapers and crossword puzzles. It is also very comforting to see that all my contacts on the  also are using them to avoid climbing walls I suppose.

Having now taken a fresh look at the phenomenon and the message right on top of this post, perhaps, after the lockdown is lifted and some semblance of sanity is returned to our lives, I should give unplugging a shot to see if I will survive such an experience. When and if I do, I shall certainly make it a point to post my experience about that in this blog.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 5 On 1 blog post topic. The other four bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, PadmumShackman and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Padmum. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

26 thoughts on “Unplugged.”

  1. Certainly being plugged in during this time of COVID-19 is highly desirable as is the benefit of having almost instant access to acquiring emergency assistance if needed. Clearly those with physical, other mobility issues might consider being plugged in a necessity. For the rest I think it’s important to remember these devices are just our tools, making certain we don’t become the tool whose life is dictated by the device(s).

  2. so many new buzz words are entering our world…and I for one, really can’t see the sense to this one! I think of a ..plug.. as that object you put into an electrical socket, flick the switch beside it and gadgets work.
    but I guess when you add the “un”….”ing” – it becomes a totally different word all together but in relationship to a modern phrase.

    I’m just getting used to adding “underlying” to “health issues” during lockdown…and then having other people inform me that I have to careful because I’m “vulnerable”

    I’m in New Zealand where we are making our way back to Level 0 – we are currently on Level 2, where I’m trying to behave like someone who is thinking “normalcy” but bits of mind can’t quite grasp it quite yet…
    Catherine de Seton recently posted..Repeated “Boldness Two”

  3. Interesting you should post this when I had an epiphany so to speak last night about social media and my enmeshment in pointless debates, etc.

    I unplugged today and feel the better for it so we shall see how this goes.


  4. I’m working from home so I’m online a lot more than I used to be. Some of my therapy sessions I do through facebook messenger chat. And in the midst of a pandemic and social isolation, I think being connected electronically is important.

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