...Many of us are tied so tightly to staying in constant contact with the worlds we create on these devices, that sometimes I wonder if it's healthful. Clearly it provides each of us with something we value, and of course it has great importance for safety, socialization, communication, and so on. But the drive for near constant connectedness does make me wonder about the addictive aspects of such. In some religious traditions planned, occasional breaks from contact with food, work, others, and normally meaningful aspects of every day life is considered useful, and even often proscribed. All sorts of retreats exist for this. Now and again I try to take a break from it all in various ways, and find it helps with feelings of renewal, clarity and perspective.