Ed­i­tor un­plugged?

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

It’s never out of my sight. Even when I sleep, my iPhone is be­side me, so that the mo­ment I open my eyes I can check my Twit­ter, Face­book, and In­sta­gram ac­counts. My per­sonal and work emails have dif­fer­ent sounds on my phone so I know which one to check with ev­ery beep, ping and ring. My hus­band has three phones, and so­cial me­dia in English and Ital­ian. My tweenage son has his own YouTube chan­nel and vlogs ev­ery mo­ment of the day – even mak­ing videos of him­self play­ing XBox Live so that he can up­load ev­ery vic­tory for his sub­scribers around the globe to watch in real time. Our six-yearold daugh­ter con­stantly takes self­ies on our phones and begs us to up­load them so that she can ‘col­lect’ as many ‘likes’ as pos­si­ble. Wel­come to the Pasquali house­hold, which is as plugged in as ev­ery other fam­ily in the UAE.

Here we have the high­est pen­e­tra­tion on Face­book and we’re also among the top view­ers of YouTube, but does that mean we should be check­ing our so­cial me­dia feed 14 times a day? Maybe it’s time for a dig­i­tal detox – some­thing writer Lucy Holden tried for a week­end with sur­pris­ing re­sults. She had with­drawal symp­toms when she had to hand over her smart­phone, but learnt to en­joy time away from the con­stant sta­tus up­dates. Read what hap­pened on page 36 and let me know how long you can go with­out check­ing your phone! Un­til next week,

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