i can't believe how technology dependent we've become! yesterday, we were supposed to celebrate mcdonald's "a day offline" initiative, shut down our computers, tvs & mobile phones to enjoy uninterrupted family time - the sad news is, we failed!
we were on track in the morning, we shut down every possible device and headed to the swimming pool - we actually had a lot fun, we played volley ball and exercised for a while - what a lovely morning, it has been two years since we went down to the pool!
however, we faced a real cahllange around noon as we were invited to attend nbk's mega draw at the avenues - as a blogger, you need your mobile phone to tweet and share photos on instagram, so we had to be online for a few hours! i liberated the phone and discovered 21 emails, 2 missed calls and 6 messages!!!
i covered the event at the avenues, then on my way back home i got a call from dad informing me that grandma is in hospital and undergoing surgery - i was actually thankful my phone was not in the vault at that time, that was an important call that i couldn't have possibly missed.
in the afternoon, i returned the phone to the vault and went offline again - the best moments were in the evening when we went out for dinner, without our mobile phones, ipods & ipads! we probably had the longest uninterrupted conversations in years and enjoyed our food without having to review the restaurant - what was ironic is watching other people around us having dinner with their... social media friends!!
amazing initiative by mcdonalds! though we failed miserably to stay offline a whole day, we really enjoyed the precious time we spent offline - we finally realize that we can't live without technology anymore, but we can live without it for a while - i guess moderation is key, nothing is more important than family.
you can visit mcdonald's "a day offline" facebook page here.