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Going Off the Grid

"What constitutes status and sex appeal in the land of the eternally wireless?" Ellen Ruppel Shell thinks it may be the ability to take time away from technology-enabled distractions.

“What constitutes status and — being bold here — sex appeal in the land of the eternally wireless?” asks Ellen Ruppel Shell. “Possible answer: the opportunity to go through an entire morning, train ride, even day, with no technology-enabled distractions at all! … Imagine going long, luxurious minutes, hours, days not responding to emails, not even LOOKING at emails. Imagine being willing and able to turn your back on all that…and not disappearing, or fearing that you will.”


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