During school or work, I find that I'm constantly connected and am always maintaining, growing and pruning my digital self. But when summer hits, when school ends or maybe just when the weather gets nice, I find I'm off the grid more times than I'm plugged in.
As our generation becomes increasingly defined by our digital savvy and ability to multitask, I sometimes find myself suffocated by it. I hope I'm not alone when I say what a relief it is to be unplugged, to neglect Twitter and to just go get some fresh air. Yet I'm stricken at the same time with a huge wave of guilt. After all, if I'm not tweeting or adding to the conversation, then a more savvy millennial will take my place as I relax into obsolescence.
But we are unique, we college students and recent grads, because we still know what it means to have a summer. In five years when the tips of my fingers become calloused from too many tweets, the idea of a summer break will be but a nostalgic childhood memory. So what does the "real world" use to manage their digital and real selves? How do you take a break and a deep breath without losing touch?
If I were someday fortunate enough to be in the position to hire someone, I'd hire the person who can strike a balance, rather than an amped-up tweetaholic who has spent so many hours in front of a computer screen that his skin has become translucent. Maybe it would be the wrong choice. But maybe we all need breaks and balance; if I could hire just one who has it figured out, maybe that would lead to more figuring it out.
It's summer. Go outside and enjoy it. You can tweet about it later.