A Break from Virtuality

I took a road trip across the state to Cocoa Beach this past weekend for a get-together with young journalists in the Chips Quinn scholar program. I didn’t want to have to worry about checking e-mail or updating social networking sites, so I left my laptop at home and didn’t check my e-mail all day Saturday or Sunday. I came back feeling relieved that I had taken a virtual break; it felt good to spend more time with a book than with a computer screen.

When checking my e-mail and browsing through some news Web sites Sunday evening, I came across a New York Times essay by Mark Bittman called “I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.” I think most people, especially tech-savvy younger folks, can relate to this article’s message. Sometimes, we just need to step away from the screen and into the outdoors. That’s where the stories are, that’s where people are, that’s where we learn what life is like beyond the confines of our inner worlds.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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