Recently, I have been going through some tough events, and I felt I was distant from what I really wanted to focus on. That, for me, was music. I felt like it had been ages since I last played. The worst part was that I had a lot of musical performances and auditions coming up. Normally, I try to get through tough situations and just forget about them after the fact. This time, however, said solution would not work, so I tried a different method.
We as Americans are so inclined in having technology at our fingertips every second of every day. We always have our computers and phones and whatnot. We love being in touch with others somehow. Sometimes, this could distract us from what we truly what to get out of life. This "different method" I tried was simple: go cold turkey on phone communications and Facebook. The only social site I used was the Ning because I needed to get some of my contributions in. All I did for an entire week was focus entirely on music. I discovered new artists, realized how beautiful some old ones were, wrote a couple of pieces and improved one of my own, and practiced my IMEA piece for auditions on October 11 (if I'm not mistaken). I applied for a job (of which she has not e-mailed me back on), got a few driving hours in, and felt like I got a lot more done. Personally, I can't say I've felt as good as I did that week in quite some time.
So why do you think that we, as Americans, are so tied to electronic communications with our peers, friends, and families? What is it that we really get out of it? Does it overshadow our personal lives too much?