Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament d'Educació


Being connected is very important in our society. We need that in order to organize our information and use it in our everyday life. Read the following text where the need to disconnect from this constant link to information is present.
How can one disconnect in today’s world, and why would one want to anyway?
Disconnecting, or switching off, is tremendously important. It’s good to take time out not only to have a break and feel the wind in your hair, but also to gain some distance from, and therefore perspective on, a problem or issue which needs dealing with.
We always bang on about the wonders of the 24/7/365 world, and the fact that learning can take place anytime and anywhere. But I also think we have an obligation to tell students that taking a break is not merely OK to do, but necessary... but how?
Switch Your Phone Off: Obviously, if you’re worried about not being able to be contacted if there’s an emergency, this isn’t feasible. In that case, try…
Put your phone on flight mode: If you don’t need to be able to take calls, but can’t bear the thought of being parted from the wonderful functionality of your phone, set it to flight mode. You will still be able to use it as a camera, play crosswords on it, or even read your Kindle book.
Turn Twitter off: I used to have Twitter on all the time, but if you keep being distracted by interesting-looking messages, you can waste an awful lot of time. Maybe “waste” is not the right word, but if you’re trying to meet a deadline then stopping every few minutes to take part in, or listen in on, a conversation is not necessarily the most sensible use of time.
Turn your email off: What you can do to avoid being distracted by incoming messages is to check it only at certain times of the day.
Work offline: If you need to refer to email messages in order to actually do the work, then work offline. It means you can still read emails, and even write emails, but not send or receive any until you go back online.
Send and receive emails at longer intervals: There is a bit of a danger in working offline: it’s easy to forget that you’ve done so, and end up wondering why you haven’t received a reply to any of your emails! A good compromise, then, is to change the length of time between email checking. Set your mail service to send and receive emails every 180 minutes.
Declare (and observe) non-work times: Switch your computer off on Friday evening, and start it again on Monday morning. The same goes for evenings. What do you do if you read an email at 9pm that makes you furious? Working past a certain hour can make it difficult to relax and sleep properly. Get Away From It All For A Day: Take a day off if you can, or spend one of your weekend or vacation days going somewhere nice, preferably somewhere you can’t get a signal!
You may ask the question, don’t I miss things because of switching off after a certain hour or at weekends? The answer is: undoubtedly. However, logically speaking, unless I stayed awake 24/7 staring at my computer or smartphone, I’d always miss something. I think what it comes in the end is a decision about costs and benefits: do you think the benefits of spending an extra hour taking part in a Twitter discussion, say, outweigh the costs in terms of time that you could have spent with your family or reading a book?
SOURCE: Some Ways Of Disconnecting In A Connected World, by Terry Freedman ->