Do you know anybody who carries two blackberries? One of which they fear and loathe, knowing they must stop whatever they are doing to focus on work for a quick second, or in some cases all afternoon. Through my phone, I can connect with my colleagues, friends, and family through text message, email, Facebook, and Twitter. They can also connect with me. There is no escape.
When you’re interrupted by something you have to do at a time you’ve set aside for enjoyment, we call that a buzzkill. Whether or not you act upon these tasks immediately, you’re mood is negatively affected, knowing you have to stop your enjoyment or that you’re procrastinating something important.
I sometimes get the feeling that it’s no longer acceptable to be unavailable. I receive complaints from friends that I didn’t respond to their text immediately, or that their hurt because I didn’t pick up a phone call. Can’t I enjoy spending time with the people I’m with, without hurting other people’s feelings?
It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s just that I like living in the moment.