By Kristen Abell
A recent study reported that “59% of employed Americans check their email during holidays.” Upon reading this, I was…surprisingly not surprised, but a bit saddened. Sure, I’m glad that people love their work sooooo much that they just have to check their email (because I think we can agree that some of us do love our work, but 59%of us? hmmmm), and gee, isn’t it great that mobile technology has made it so much easier for us to check it, but really? You can’t put it away for a few days? Wait, hang on, I just got a text…
Seriously, though, I have noticed that I have become ridiculously dependent on my phone or computer or iPad or whatever technology is nearby. On the way home in the car, I pick up my phone no less than ten times – not to text (of course), and only at stoplights, but just to check in with Facebook or Twitter or email or whatever. And even if I hit a stoplight seconds after checking everything that I could possibly check, my hand still strays over to automatically pick up my phone. Yikes!
Yesterday, CNN’s Netiquette column urges us to avoid our work email over the holidays, and I’m going to do the same (or over the break, really – not just the holidays). Let’s be honest, no one expects you to reply, and if they do, maybe you should be looking for a different job. Aren’t we constantly talking about how our students need to learn not to expect an instant turnaround? Maybe we need to train ourselves and our employers/employees on that, as well.
So step away, enjoy some time with friends and family if you so choose, or a good book, or even some just-for-fun blogs. But with this being said, this blogger is putting this blog to bed until the new year. Look for us again in 2011!