You don’t need a smartphone or BlackBerry to be able to check your email while you are away from your PC. One way or another, just about every handheld can be hooked up with a mobile phone.
But just because you can read your messages wherever you go, doesn’t mean you should.
We’re living in an increasingly stressful world. Wireless email is supposed to help free us from being chained to a desk all the time. Instead, all too often it means that people are tied to their jobs day and night.
When you got that BlackBerry, you probably imagined yourself being able to take off in the middle of the day to go to your son’s little league game. I can easily imagine your horror when you realized that not only can your boss now email you at 10:30 at night, he expects you to respond immediately.
Constantly thinking about work means that you never get to relax. No matter how much you might enjoy whatever it is that you’re doing, if you stop and check your email every few minutes, you aren’t relaxing.
Not Just Work
I don’t mean to imply that everyone who is constantly checking their email does so because their boss expects it. For some people it can be like an addiction. I think they are worried they’ll miss out on something.
Sadly, all too often there is something they are missing out on: real life.
I’ve seen people at restaurants, eating dinner with someone they love… and spending half the meal sending SMS messages.
What’s sad is they probably didn’t even realize how rude they were being.
Break Your Chains
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think wireless email is a bad thing; I love it, in fact. But like just about everything, it should be used in moderation.
So the next time you are together with the people you love, shut your smartphone or BlackBerry off, and have an actual, uninterrupted, conversation.
When you get home from work on Friday, turn off all your links to the office and have a relaxing weekend for once.
You won’t regret it.