Mediashift writer Mark Glaser writes about his experimentations with taking a Media Sabbath.
So, being that I am Jewish — though not very religious — I decided to shut down the computer each Friday night at sunset until Saturday at sunset, the traditional time of the Jewish Sabbath.
To which I respond, OF COURSE YOU’RE JEWISH, MARK. YOU’RE IN THE MEDIA. But also, what a weakling. And it turns out he’s not even having a day off from technology at all:
I make exceptions when I need to get directions or check for a personal email. I still use my cell phone but try to limit it to personal calls only.
I sometimes have a day off from eggs, but I make exceptions when I fancy a personal omelet. I also, occasionally, have a day off from ritual sacrifices. But I make an exception when I come across a personal rabbit that’s dying to have its neck slit.
The fact is, being plugged in is a way of life these days. It just depends on what you’re plugged into. If you find it demanding, Mark, perhaps you’re not living the way you really want. Perhaps, indeed, you’re writing for some boring-ass PBS website nobody reads. Change jobs is my advice. You’ll feel better.