I follow quite a few other blogs, and one of the recent buzzwords I’ve noticed is this word “unplugged”. It means running around with your ringer off, if only for a little while, so that you don’t get notifications for all the various ways in which we communicate. Unlike the landline that we once had, a cell phone can be our constant companion if we want. In some situations, this is priceless technology, for which I’m very thankful! In others, there is a definite need to limit what comes at me. I like this unplugged concept, and I appreciate the Youtube video “I Forgot My Phone”. There is a need to unplug and get away from the overwhelming flood of information and virtual communication.
The debate about whether the internet ( and constant web access) is healthy is an interesting one. For myself, I try to balance my day by using the web for a few waking hours, and by going unplugged for equally as many. I see the value in web use. I often look up information via the web, and would always choose internet over television.
But like I wrote recently, tech seems to have its limits. I teach quilting and I homeschool my children, so I’m ever evaluating how technology can improve the way we learn. It seem that, no matter how awesome a Youtube video is, the best way to learn is still pretty old school. People learn best by emulating a teacher. Honestly, I’m glad for the resurgence in adults wanting to learn quilting by participating in a hands on class. I think people are seeking real time relationships as much as good teaching. The most popular quilting class at my LQS is by far the “Your First Quilt” class, and I’m involved in several groups/guilds where there is an emphasis on continuing quilty education!
There is no substitute, it seems, for hands on learning!