The Great Disconnect — June 15, 2015
Summary: Technology can be a great tool to connect with others, but too much of it can be a bad thing! Today’s chat talked about “The Great Disconnect”- the process of disconnecting from technology sometimes. Today’s chat included the consequences of too much technology, the benefits to disconnecting, and potential social gathering!
Topic 1: What are the drawbacks of being connected 24/7?
Marissa Engelhard:  Limited real-life connections
Ann Ciaccio:  Added stress  Neglect of others
Bill Johnson:  Always connected and never silent or fully present
Seth Hinz:  The pace is ridiculous. It feels like you’re always playing catch up
Billy Schultz:  No such thing as balance
Lindsay Henry:  Our brains are exhausted and we don’t retain as much information we are bombarded with so much of it
Miriam Rossow:  No boundaries. You are always expected to respond immediately.  No out of office time
Topic 2: What are the benefits to disconnecting? Tell us about your experience if you’ve been intentional about disconnecting?
Miriam Rossow:  Focused on the people and activity that is happening
Lindsay Henry:  Being disconnected from technology gives you more time to connect with the Lord, as well as those He has intentionally put in your life
Seth Hinz:  Samsung’s new Android update has a “priority interruptions only” which is a good thought
Marissa Engelhard:  Longer amounts of interrupted work or play time
Topic 3: How can we encourage people to make space to disconnect?
Miriam Rossow:  Making sure the information we give out is important and helpful and watching how much information we give people
Seth Hinz:  Recommendation when out with friends, put all the phones in a pile in the middle, and the first to grab their phone pays the bill
Topic 4: What alternatives would be presented in a “blackout” or “unplugged” initiative?
Ann Ciaccio:  There could be a community gathering
Miriam Rossow:  Bible study  Community service  Time for people to connect in a deeper way and build relationships
Seth Hinz:  Family devotions
Topic 5: Let’s have fun. Let’s brainstorm a name for this event
Miriam Rossow:  Communicators Disconnect
Seth Hinz:  Put it to Rest  Look Up  Lutheran Reconnect  Shelfie Week  Hands Free, Hearts Open  Make Space  Open Up
Lindsay Henry:  Charge  Recharge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTTvQLn4TGU Video about disconnecting
http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/ Website about the National Day of Unplugging
Edited and compiled by Emily Ciaccio