Last Saturday was National Day of Unplugging, in which we were urged to turn off our cell phones, PDAs, tablets and other electronic communications gadgets for 24 hours. The idea, to counteract Internet addiction, makes sense if you go into a cold sweat when you can't get to your iPhone. Don't get me wrong. I love having my iPhone in my pocket connecting me to information and people that only a few years ago would have been out of reach. But I have learned not to get frantic if I leave the device at home when I go out for dinner.
On the other hand, I do like having it at the ready to, oh, say, look up an unfamiliar wine in the Wine Spectator database, or check a vintage using the WS VintageChart app. Or maybe jot a quick tweet to treat my Twitter followers to a random observation or alert them to a recent posting of a tasting note.
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