These days, everyone expects everyone else to be connected all the time. I dislike it. I almost never turn on my cell phone so no one can bother me with their so-called emergencies. If you want my attention, do it via e-mail (this means everyone, even family). Of course, getting a reply from me depends completely on my whim, whether I deem a particular piece of e-mail urgent or not, or if I’m bored.
I need to adopt something like that as Official Policy.
I’m already well on the way to this point:
One day, I’m just going to let it ring forever while I continue doing whatever it is I’m doing. In the old days, people went about their lives perfectly fine without phones or other electronic gadgets. It’s not going to kill anyone if they just stopped using this stuff for a day.
And if it did, you could argue that they wouldn’t be missed: they were constantly pestering you.