Monday, August 3, 2015

Disconnecting?

I moved from the German Ruhr Area to Heidelberg for my job. I hope I'll settle soon, but I have no idea when my Internet will be available and I'll have the energy to get creative again... So the blog might be quiet for a little while with some scheduled posts sprinkled in here and there!


I also thought a lot about my ongoing connection to the Internet. I will need my mobile Internet to stay connected with my boyfriend, but on the other hand I spend a lot of time being connected with the digital world and not with my real friends. This will become worse now with much less real life friends living in the south of Germany...

I remember that being not connected while on vacation. It really helps me to settle down and relax. Being constantly connected always leaves you afraid that you might miss something when you are not watching social networks 24/7. I though about shutting my facebook account, but then I WILL miss out on events and dates. I could go without the constant blabbering, but planning parties, gatherings and events like Jardin du Belle Epoque would pass me by.

Maybe instead of going offline, a little Internet diet would help? Going online only 2 times a day for a maximum of 1 hour? I'm not sure if I can make it... *sigh*

11 comments:

Ramona said...

hmmm, viel erfolg beim austesten, wir warten einfach hier und scheduled hin oder her, lass einfach mal zwischendurch was von dir hören :-)

Gartenteichploerre said...

Guten Start in Heidelberg!
Und das Internetproblem kenn ich nur zu gut, ertappe mich da auch immer wieder bei, dass ich damit Zeit sinnlos totschlage, und entspannend ist es auch eher weniger... *seufz*

Ms Misantropia said...

Good luck in your new place and with the new job!

I understand your 'connected conundrum', and I have been on every side of that. My solution is to not have a personal facebook account, only one in my blog alias' name and in connection to my blog. I spend lots of time on-line right now, but all IRL connections are managed outside of the Internet.

Lorkyn said...

Ich hatte da ganz ähnliche Gedanken im Urlaub. Ich hatte zwar mein Smartphone mit dabei aber kaum Internet, da ich es nicht vernünftig laden konnte. Und irgendwann war es dann einfach egal. Ich denke, es kann nicht schaden, wenn man mal eine Pause macht...obwohl ich deinen Blog schon sehr gern lese ;) LG

The Professor said...

Good luck! And I feel your pain with being connected -vs- disconnected. I've wanted to get rid of my Facebook, too, but I'm so intwined in things with Bat Fit, etc. and I get all my news/event invites there. I'd be seriously lost without it. And I'm also involved in this pedagogy group that I'm finding very helpful. Sigh ... Damned Facebook.

I'm dumbing down my phone, going from a "smart" phone to a simple, dumb one. All I need is the ability to text and call, why do I need to be tempted with internet access? If you figure it out, let me know.

MindLess said...

@ Ramona: Noch kann ich die FInger nicht vom Internet lassen... ^^

@ Gartenteichplörre: Ich finde es schon besser als Fernsehen (ich hab hier keinen), aber selber aktiv werden ist definitiv nochmal besser. Auch lesen. Ich versauer aber abends doch vor einem Bildschirm im Moment. Leider!

@ Ms Misantropia: I think I will keep my Facebook, but limit the time spent on it! There are tools that hinder you to get to a website after a specific amount of time there. And since I don't have that many IRL connectons around here, I can't get rid of the conncetion that easily.

@ Lorkyn: Das bloggen sehe ich auch nicht so kritisch, hier bin ich ja kreativ und tue was, statt mich nur berieseln zu lassen. Aber ein wenig mehr echtes statt virtuelles Leben, das wäre gut!

@ The Professor: I need my smartphone for navigation in a new to me city. I also like to be able to write whatsapp with my boyfriend. I like my smartphone and will keep it. But I will also try to do stuff instead of consume stuff on the internet. Getting no TV was one of the first steps in this direction. I guess it will take time!

Madame Mari Mortem said...

I hope your transition is smooth, and you find nothing broken! Mine was not such a case... my serger suffered a break on the connection point and now I need to claim it-- blah!

An internet diet is a very apt description of what it sounds like so many need. Not to necessarily disconnect entirely, but to just monitor the amount... yeah, you're exactly right!
I should bring that up to my hubby. He is beginning to indulge a little too much lately. Me, I isolate myself so often and go days even months without really connecting in any manner; real or virtual...
I need the opposite, I need a break from myself, hehe.

Jade said...

Gosh, congratulations for this new chapter in your professional life! I do hope you will find Southern Germany a lovely place to live. :)

Vulcan_Butterfly said...

I know what you mean about the internet!! I HATE Facebook but when I wasn't on it I missed out on being alerted to events and then you end up with no social life! ARGH! I am sorry you had to move away from your boyfriend and friends, I hope your job goes well and you can meet some new people!

MindLess said...

@ Madame Mari Mortem: The transmission was okay and I didn't bring much stuff with me, so nothing broke! Good luck with your serger!

I think it is much easier to go on more social websites than on less...

@ Jade: Thanks! I like it bettern than I initially thought.

@ Vulcan Butterfly: Not so much, yet. But it just might take some time...

Frau Shmooples said...

Achje, ich kenne das auch…
Aber mal ehrlich; brauchst Du wirklich das Internet dafür, um mit Deinem Freund kommunizieren zu können? Ich meine, ihr lebt beide noch in Deutschland, da reicht pribnzipiell ein Telefon aus. Und dafür braucht man kein Internet :)

Bei mir pendelt sich das zurzeit alles irgendwie von selbst ein. Ich habe früher schon extrem viel Zeit im Internet verbracht, hatte aber auch immer den persönlichen Anspruch im Urlaub ohne Internet auszukommen, was immer sehr gut funktioniert. Vielleicht ist mir da auch von Vorteil, dass ich sehr lange ohne Smartphone ausgekommen bin. Dass ich jetzt einen Job habe und nicht mehr "nur" zur Schule oder Uni muss, spielt auch eine große Rolle dabei. Und möglicherweise auch einfach das Älterwerden. Man denkt mehr darüber nach, ob und wenn, was man so bei FB postet und es interessiert einen auch nicht mehr absolut jeder Blödsinn. Ich vermisse es nicht, wenn ich nicht eingeloggt bin. Aber zu Hause wird es dann wieder etwas schwieriger, dann logge ich mich ein und gucke immer wieder, was so los ist. Echt knifflig...