“23% battery”

That’s about how much battery power we have left in our phones before we start to reexamine our use.

But you also have to factor in the natural ebb of your phone’s power. Applications run in the background. Friends and family are texting you. The phone never goes completely dark unless your turn Airport Mode on or turn the phone off.

“Always on” is not just a metaphor. If our phone is on, we’re always on. Even if it’s off, there’s probably another device near you like a computer that is connected.

Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared?

Contrary to popular opinion, he who hesitates is not lost. He who hesitates is probably more introspective, a slow thinker waiting to make a big splash. The problem is that the grand statement gets crowded out by all the other noise online.

Is it better to tweet in pieces or wait to tweet the one summary? Attention has shifted to snackable bites but there’s also a huge appreciation for long-form. Both formats are likely to get shared.

So now that I only have 10% batter power left in writing this I have to consider: is it better to shut off and mull over thoughts in boredom and share the big news or keep networking in bits and bytes, what some what call wasting time?

I think both are right, naturally, regardless of battery power. Less is more but more may be the wiser behavior at that moment.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.