Probably about 70% of my waking life takes place on computers (regular and/or miniature in the form of a cellular device). I actually think that number is a low estimate. I can remember a time when I didn't feel constantly connected and available, but I'm of the generation in which my childhood coincided with the rapid development of accessible technology, so it's a pretty hardline from the transition into pseudo-adulthood when I began college in 2008 (which now seems like an entire lifetime ago). UArts required all entering freshmen to purchase a MacBook Pro prior to beginning classes so that everyone had the same accessibility to software, etc. I think this has since changed, but it was a marvel to hold and think of the accessibility at my fingertips! Of course I knew how to use the internet, and had perhaps a year old facebook profile, but it was my first laptop and represented so much more - freedom, independence, the beginnings of crafting a new identity for myself as an adult. Even back then, the idea that one's online persona equated with their IRL one was growing.
Eventually the flip phones still relatively common were replaced by the first generation of iPhones. I held out as long as I could, partially because I was broke as hell, partially because I found my current level of connectivity already overwhelming. I finally got an iPhone 3 in early 2012, and was quickly seduced by the touchscreen keyboard, plethora of apps (including the relatively new instagram) and, of course the cool factor. Don't get me wrong, I still have an iPhone, and I do love how it has changed my life in general. I ironically dread phone calls these days. Yes - I don't like receiving phone calls. ON MY CELL PHONE. THE REASON THE DAMN THING WAS INVENTED. We're becoming a bionic people. I'm not luddite. I've just noticed the compulsion to be available, but in the most detached ways possible.
This long rant is to say that I've started to actively look for the magic in my days. Technology is miraculous, but not magical. Experiences are magical, the sunset is magical, a delicious piece of pizza can be magical (and often is to me). It's easy to say that I want to be less connected - I think most people do, but this isn't practical. So, instead of having a passive practice of engaging with technology less, I'm going to try to ask myself every day, "what was magical about today?"