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The Benefits Of Staying Plugged In: When Emergencies Strike

By Sierra Black |

A broken ankle teaches Lisa Belkin a new appreciation for technology

Last weekend, a lot of us celebrated the National Day of Unplugging, a time-out from technology intended to help us reconnect with the people and passions that really matter in our lives.

Lisa Belkin of Motherlode thought she’d be one of them. Minutes after she posted her intentions on her blog, however, she fell outside her home, breaking both ankles.

Her cell phone didn’t rescue her. Her sons did. She screamed where she fell, and they ran out to help her. It was a cell phone that made the 911 call to get her an ambulance though, and a cell phone that redirected her husband from their planned dinner out to the emergency room she was taken to.

Belkin’s big takeaway from this experience was pretty straighforward:

So what did I learn from my mucked-up version of the “National Day of Unplugging?” What I already knew, I suppose. That I should use my technology less going forward, but also appreciate it more.

In particular, she found that texting helped her feel connected to her family and friends who weren’t at the hospital with her but were thinking of her and supporting her from a distance. That sense of connection is important in a crisis, and technology enables it in a way nothing else can.

Belkin still wants to spend more quality time with her sons and less time plugged in to a screen. But she’s come away with a renewed appreciation for the magic a cell phone can work when you’re in a pinch.

Photo: Dennis

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Sierra Black lives, writes and raises her kids in the Boston area. She loves irreverence, hates housework and wants to be a writer and mom when she grows up. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sierra's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Benefits Of Staying Plugged In: When Emergencies Strike

  1. Lisa Belkin says:

    How’d you get a photo that looks JUST like my actual foot? Kinda spooky actually to be sitting here looking at both the picture and the real thing!

  2. Jen says:

    FYI, the article pretty clearly says she didn’t break both- she broke one and bruised the other. Just worth mentioning.

  3. goddess says:

    Maybe she ticked off the Goddess of Technology?

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