I’m quite sure I don’t need to say it, but here we are.
It’s a loud, noisy stressful world. People light up your phones, slide into your dm’s. Your boss is emailing you and literally trillions of dollars are being spent trying to get you to buy (mostly) useless crap.
It’s a lot. Most of us know that we should take some time away every now and then. You know you should switch your phone off and just chill out for a day. Maybe go for a hike, get a workout in. It always sounds nice. You never do it.
Now when was the last time you were annoyed by somebody not texting back right away?
When was the last time you got a hard time for flaking out on someone.
I guess we call it ghosting now?
It’s considered rude to not text back or to reply late. A new social norm has emerged just in the last few decades.
Since it’s rude not to text back, it’s rude to keep the phone off.
We can never disconnect. Think of all offended friends and family, the disgruntled boss.
We’ve lost the right to solitude.
Other people feel entitled to our time, to our attention.
Isn’t that a problem?
Personally, solitude has always been some of the very best therapy.
The time to sit and think and unwind and remove myself from others is just necessary. I would unravel without it.
What does solitude even mean when we are always on?
Certainly we can excuse ourselves. But against the endless stream of input?
Do we have the right to ignore? To check out?