I just read a post on GovLoop about having to find a balancing act between your work and home lives and it got me thinking more about this with my own life.
Now, I’m not a financial planner/money guy, but when it comes to your investment portfolio, you’re often told to diversify in order to spread your money over many investments giving you a chance at steadily increasing your return rather than betting it all on just a few big winners and going broke. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the general idea.
However, where diversifying doesn’t make sense is our digital world. When you really think about it, It’s actually more harmful to our lives and well-being. These days every service is free. You can sign up for YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, yada, yada, yada. You subscribe to RSS feeds from sites you’ve never heard of simply because you can and it’s quick. You read news not only online, but through RSS, and even through the regular newspaper (despite the fact that it’s already day-old news). You probably tweet more than you realize it from multiple devices. Raise your hand if you’ve ever just finished reading your tweetstream on your desktop, got up to go to lunch and immediately opened up a Twitter app on your phone? Anyone? Bueler? Then when you get home, if you’re like me, you have multiple PCs/Macs staring at you just waiting to be used.
We’re constantly hearing bleeps, beeps, dings, and chirps from every techno-gadgetry device tethered to our belts. WE HAVE SO MANY DIGITAL INPUTS! We’ve diversified our online lives so easily, and cheaply, yet it’s not doing us any good. We end up spending more time understanding and trying to filter all of this connected and social information that we don’t stop to realize that we should stop trying to filter and start trying to consolidate. Instead of packratting and signing up for more services, we should start replacing old services with new ones. Sometimes we do this and we move onto a new service, yet we still get bleeps, beeps, dings, and chirps from the old ones. They just linger on continually making a mess of our digital lives. But it’s soooo hard when you WANT to be connected because you enjoy it.
I guess what I’m trying to understand is would be better off, and end up making more time for our “home” lives, if we didn’t simply cut off our access to technology when we got home but instead consolidated services and tools so we have less bleeps, beeps, dings, and chirps constantly pinging our senses?
Does any of this make sense or am I just rambling on without a point? Sound off.
Note: This post is of my own personal opinion and is not endorsed or supported by any local, state, or federal government agency.