Constant connection makes it so that millennials are continually plugged in to all channels. Work/life balance is now an urban myth. It’s something that we’ve heard about but have never seen, something we’ve grasped for but cannot achieve.
It’s normal now to use a wireless device to simultaneously check work email, and watch a new Netflix special and do homework. Nearly all aspects of our life can be accessed without going anywhere. In other words, we temporarily escape from reality using the same devices that plug us into it.
Let’s be real: reality is a little weird right now. And, for a long tome, reality is not just the concrete, physical happening of the world but also the Internet world that floats all around us.
First there are reality outlets in our wireless connection: we connect to social media, the news, our jobs, our family and friends, and online communities. Then there are the escapist outlets in our wireless connection: wireless video streaming, fan fiction, online gaming, slightly different online communities, and silly little articles about dogs sitting like people. Because millennials (and most people, probably) are always connected to reality outlets, they need to balance it with escapist outlets.
We must use our connection, which can place the horrors of the world in front of our eyes in real time daily, to also give us a break from those horrors. We need to escape from reality every once in a while and with wireless, it’s so easy to do. If I, like many other young millennials, get overwhelmed with life, I am able to simply pop open a Netflix session and escape into a fantasy world. And my problems are solved…at least somewhat.
There’s just something so effective about escaping into the Internet. Books, hobbies, and long walks can’t compete. I think this is because the Internet feels infinite so we can float off into an endless vacation without moving an inch. Now, whether that presents another problem with wireless work/life is a topic for another day. For now, I escape into videos of baby animals eating fruits.