The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


December 1, 2008

A bedtime blog

On my (snowy) commute today, the radio newscasters kept reminding me it's "Cyber Monday" ... the holiday-season shopping day upon which online retailers offer special promotions.

I won't be doing any online shopping today, but maybe you have plans to take advantage of some "Cyber Monday" deals.

It strikes me as a bit funny that the online retail industry, which is "open" 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, needs to designate a specific day for shopping.

Despite the 24-hour nature of the Web, I got a refreshing automated email reply in the "help" box this morning. It read:

"I now have a 9 pm (EST) computer bedtime.  Please call me if you need to get in touch right away. Thank you."

What a great idea! A "computer bedtime."

I don't know if it's something I could stick to, but the idea of having a designated "off" time for the computer is appealing. What do you think?

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