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Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm sitting on my couch watching TV. I have the laptop on my lap, Facebook open on the screen. In between these two activities, I'm carrying on a conversation with my husband and boys. I look over at my husband. He's also watching TV. And reading the newspaper. And having the conversations. Does this scenario sound familiar to anyone?

I brought it up at small group last night, this so-called multi-tasking gone wild, and saw a bunch of nodding heads. Am I the only one who takes a book to ball games to read between pitches? Who feels stoplights are a great opportunity to sort the mail or dust the dashboard?

Somewhere between computers and IPhones, I became wired. Not wired for internet--just WIRED. Sitting still for five whole minutes with nothing to do? Torture!

And I suspect I'm not the only one. I'm not sure if studies have been done on the human brain since the advent of all this technology but I'm guessing something in there is changing. I used to be able to watch TV and feel I was doing enough. I used to be about to heat something in the microwave for 60 seconds without thinking I could to start of load of laundry.

I have to admit that's one thing I enjoy about reading. It's one task that takes all my attention. When I'm reading a good book, I don't want to watch TV and check emails. I'm happily content, lost in another world.

But for now, if you'll excuse me, there's a load of laundry that needs to go into the dryer.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:18 AM  
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At 10:49 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Yep! I'm with you. Except I've been known to watch TV and read a book during ads. But, now that our state has outlawed texting and driving, i guess my issue with that has been resolved. :) WAIT! They didn't outlaw BLACKBERRY MESSAGING and driving ... *insert evil laughter here- then a sheepish grin*

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Jaime. I've been very disciplined about the iphone and driving. Partly because I have a teen driver and a soon to be driver in the car. Partly because it's just not worth the risk.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

About a year ago, my husband and I attended a Wed. night class on Sabbath. It was not about being rigid or legalistic, but it did take a serious look at the patterns and seasons and need for actual rest in our lives. It was a good discussion.

One very practical thing that came out of it was how one person had established a Sabbath Basket. In it, especially on the day they had chosen to set apart to rest, all electronic gadgets (phones, laptops, etc.) went into the Sabbath basket.

I think my husband literally paled at the suggestion, lol! But just the idea has him much more aware of arriving home just to "check" on something he thought of between the office and home.

Blessings to you this day!

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Beverly, I would not call that practical. I would call that a horrendous suggestion! LOL I'm pale with your husband!

When I read, that's all I do too, D. I actually have found I'm not good at multi tasking anymore. Maybe it comes with age. LOL

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

My only issue is that reading really takes ALL of my attention. I've been known to ignore my husband's voice, my children's cries of, "Mooommmmyyyy!," kitchen timers and ringing telephones because I'm so into a book. Seriously. I'm talking about a child yelling and hitting me and I'm totally clueless.

Praise God for nap time!

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, I love that photo. LOL I've done a similar pose (Downward facing dog though) while on my laptop. Pathetic. LOL

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Great post, Denise! I've always been a multi-tasker. It's very hard for me to sit still and watch a movie without doing something else. Drives my husband crazy. At least now I can knit, so it keeps my hands busy while I'm watching TV and I don't feel like I'm wasting so much time.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I'm guilty. I actually talk on the phone and write...cook and read...clean when I'm chatting with a friend on the phone or via text...guess it's the world in which we live.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I'm older than you are, (as is my husband) but yes, my husband is like that! He can't sit still to read a book and if we go on vacation, he is bored fast if we can't go, go, go. He has to be doing 10 things at once.

On the other hand I could sit and watch a bird land, watch the sky for a half hour, fall deep into a book, watch the red foxes on the ridge and not move a muscle. I do believe I could be still enough to catch a hummingbird. LOL. I sleep without moving the covers, too. Things can slow down where I see the blink of an eye.

I'm just catching up on my Girls so I've done 3 comments in one swoop.

Tell your boys to NEVER answer their cell while driving. Sigh. One of ours clipped a mailbox doing that even though we told them not to. Not hurt, but he had to repair a mailbox and find a side mirror in a junkyard! It just chills my mother's heart when boys begin driving! Prayers!


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