Thursday, November 25, 2010

Virtual Thanksgiving

Well the holidays are upon us and Computers As Humans has gone north to where it's cold and the cafes' serve pumpkin lattes and spice cake muffins. Yahoo has run an updated version of Ben Patterson' blog on how we check our email to escape from our relatives during Thanksgiving. According to Ben's very entertaining piece more than half of us are momentarily ducking out of the family conversation by checking up on our work emails.

Now far be it for Computers As Humans to deny that ducking out for an hour to meet that blog deadline has its benefits. A couple hours on your own away from the hustle and bustle of holiday prep and family banter. But it's a finely balanced act to stay plugged in during the holidays. You certainly don't want to do it anymore than you have to. But the fact is these days many of us are required to stay almost constantly connected. Our computers can be like the Ebenezer Scrooge to our Bob Cratchit. They are demanding taskmasters that command a great majority of our working hours.

So go ahead and check that email, make that Twitter update, and send that text. But get it done in time to let yourself go from all of that, for a few hours anyway. Give yourself the afternoon and evening off. Shut your browser, power down, disconnect and enjoy yourself with your people. But before you have a look at Google's extremely appetizing Thanksgiving doodle.

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