Is it possible that the internet is robbing us of our life experiences? I can think of several times when my own experiences of family time that were altered by my need to ‘stay connected’ to work and social activities through email and Facebook and the like. In my case, Facebook -- ironically, the tool to keep people connected -- caused me to socially detach from the people closest to me because I was too busy recording the moment to be in it. Remember the days when you used to go on vacation and forget about what was happening at home? They're long gone now. It seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way. In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, writer Ivor Tossell (Twitter: @ivortossell) described this phenomenon called ‘Net-Lag’. The term suggests that you can travel huge distances, to different countries, with different cultures, in different time zones, yet still be attached to your home base through email, tweets, Facebook updates, etc. So what, you ask? What does this mean? As a result of our constant online communications, we might never experience what it means to be in a different environment. As for me, I like to keep track of all of my social and business connections, and I won't lie, it can be a struggle to log off and enjoy the moment. However, I'm trying to disconnect from all of this online social behavior and enjoy genuine, real-life social interactions when I’m on vacation with my family. And my family? They would probably agree.
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