Are we enjoying life or just “checking-in?”

There was a post in the #PRstudchat Facebook group today about doing the “mental to-do list” when you are out.

Kyle Harty of Neiman Group brought up his hypothetical situation to-do list and raised some good questions:

I visit my local bar, check in on Foursquare, tweet a question asking what local brew to get, snap a photo of the place on instagram, and check in on GetGlue to the game playing on TV. When I leave I check out with Bizzy and review. What’s your mental to-do list? What has become habitual for you? When does it become too much?

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That is five things on Kyle’s to-do list when he is out. That doesn’t even include Facebook, texting or phone calls. Is that too much? He’s not the only one.

When I’m out, I always check-in on Foursquare and usually send out a few tweets while I’m there. While I’m not tweeting about the place, I am talking to other people online and sometimes ignoring the people I’m with.

Has all of the checking-in, checking-out, reviewing, tweeting, texting, photographing, etc. become too much? Are we forgetting that we are out with people for a reason and that sometimes we do need to STEP AWAY FROM THE PHONE!

I’m not pointing fingers here, it’s something I’m known for too. I’m constantly attached to my phone and maybe it’s time for me to put down the phone more too. Maybe we should do a quick check-in or snap a quick photo and that’s it. Maybe we don’t need to do all five+ things at every single place. Is it time for us to disconnect?

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What’s on your mental to-do list when you’re out? What are your thoughts on this?

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Related posts:

Foursquare: How Much “Checking-In” is too much? via Mediaite

Put Down the Cell Phone and Walk Away from the Computer via Hubpages

The 10 Essential Rules for Slowing Down and Enjoying Life More via Zanhabits





18 thoughts on “Are we enjoying life or just “checking-in?”

  1. There must be something in the air, because this line of thinking was on my mind just today.

    I went on a little trip recently and was astonished at how many people had their smart phones out while touring a big tourist attraction. Really? You want to upload pictures to Facebook so you can enjoy your trip after you get home? Why not enjoy it when you’re actually there?

    I’m somewhere in the middle. If I’m out by myself I might tweet or catch up on Facebook, but if I’m with people, I actually tend to turn my blackberry off so that I can focus on them. Seems like a more polite thing to do, anyway.

    Good post 🙂

    1. Hi Margie!

      I’m glad you’ve noticed this too. I really need to enjoy things more while I’m at the place instead of tweeting and Facebooking while I’m there too. Great points!

      -Lauren

  2. There must be something in the air, because this line of thinking was on my mind just today.
    I went on a little trip recently and was astonished at how many people had their smart phones out while touring a big tourist attraction. Really? You want to upload pictures to Facebook so you can enjoy your trip after you get home? Why not enjoy it when you’re actually there?
    I’m somewhere in the middle. If I’m out by myself I might tweet or catch up on Facebook, but if I’m with people, I actually tend to turn my blackberry off so that I can focus on them. Seems like a more polite thing to do, anyway.
    Good post 🙂

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  4. […] by Lauren Gray. Similar thoughts were plodding through my brain when I found her post called “Are we enjoying life or just ‘checking-in?‘. Lauren notes that between checking in on Foursquare, tweeting, Facebooking, Grouponing, and […]

  5. There must be something in the air because I was musing the other day about why I can’t set Foursquare to auto checkin specific places I go to without having to take out the phone and do it manually. More often than not, I will just not check in; phone stays in pocket. If I can’t passively take photos or tweet, i.e., nothing else interesting going on, I’m waiting on a friend, etc I might tweet. But when I’m out, I’m out. Life is too short as it is.

  6. There must be something in the air because I was musing the other day about why I can’t set Foursquare to auto checkin specific places I go to without having to take out the phone and do it manually. More often than not, I will just not check in; phone stays in pocket. If I can’t passively take photos or tweet, i.e., nothing else interesting going on, I’m waiting on a friend, etc I might tweet. But when I’m out, I’m out. Life is too short as it is.

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