I was listening to Rise Up Country with John Ritter on Sunday while milking and he was focusing on how we need to unplug and have some "me" time. This isn't the first time I've heard someone say we need to "unplug". Unplugging is when you turn off, well, everything. Hide the cell phone, turn off the TV and computer, and stuff the MP3 player in a drawer.
But I have to ask: Why? Why do we need to unplug? I understand the concern about information overload, and it's definitely true that watching TV or playing on the computer right before bed will affect your sleep (I know that from personal experience).
But what good does unplugging really do? For some people, plugging in is how they relax from their stressful days. It's the way they escape the horrors of real life and submerse themselves into a more enjoyable fantasy for awhile. They get to pretend they're an elf in some alternate reality, or watch people from New Jersey whose lives are way more crazy than theirs, or lose themselves in music that speaks to their soul.
Just because the relaxation involves an electronic gadget, that doesn't mean it's a less effective or inferior way to relax. What works for some people won't work for others. And if anyone tells me I need to give up my Kindle and read a DTB because it's time to "unplug", I'm coming after you. ;)