Editor's Desk - January 2012
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Getting Connected

This month marks the end of an experiment I began last January. You see, that was when my faithful cell phone of many years died, and I decided to prove—to no one in particular—that I could go a year without that brand of technology, with no serious repercussions.

Other than a few slight bumps (try meeting several people from different flights at the airport, and having to explain to them that you have to pick a spot ahead of time), I have to tell you, it was a success.

You see, I'm not really a Luddite (originally a social movement in the 19th century among textile artisans who protested the changes of the Industrial Revolution, but now often used to describe people who disfavor new technology). But I do feel—and I'd be willing to bet that the majority of you readers out there agree with me—that some of the technology that's meant to make our lives easier can be far more intrusive than it needs to be. On top of that, I sometimes think we need an Emily Post for the New Age to remind us that just because we can do a thing (such as take calls while out to dinner with our significant others, or send text messages while navigating rush-hour traffic), doesn't necessarily mean we should.

And while I plan to round out my year-long experiment by picking up the grandest gadget I can find—and then some—I'm glad to know that I'm doing so with the knowledge of the real benefits of being disconnected, and that I'm ready to be aware of the real benefits of hooking back up.

Now, this is not to say that I've gone without technology entirely. I obviously could not do what I do without a computer to write on, and I still consider e-mail a great way to communicate, when time is not of the essence. I'm a big fan of the social networking sites that have proliferated over the past several years, and my Kindle is never very far from my fingertips. My Nike+ gadgets have tracked my runs and walks, and I have to admit that the fitness tools designed to count your calories, your steps and more seem like the perfect companion to get-fit new years' resolutions.

What I mean to say, is that technology can be a tremendous boon—if you leverage it the way you want to, rather than becoming its minion. Being able to connect to the vast array of knowledge that's floating around online at the click of a button has changed our lives in many ways—and it's made tremendous changes in how we work, how we play, how we get fit, how we communicate and more.

Knowing how powerful information at your fingertips can be, we've decided to provide you coverage for when you want more connection, too. We're doing this by posting more information than ever at the RecManagement.com Web site. Surf on over and you'll find new Web-exclusive stories, in addition to archived and current issues, our Buyers Guide and much, much more.

If you're ready to get connected to more knowledge now, surf your way to RecManagement.com, where we've got two Web-exclusive stories highlighted this month. The first is a continuation of our regular Maintenance Series. This time we're looking at how proper design for security and material selection up front can save you maintenance headaches in the long run. And we've also spotlighted a case study showing how Indiana State University is saving resources with an innovative method for cooling its rec center and other facilities.

If you're not in the surfing mood at the moment, flip your way back to page 35 for a feature explaining how social media sites can help you get ahead in the marketing race.

And, of course, as always, we still promise to fill these pages each month with stories on a wide variety of topics, to help you stay on top of the latest industry developments and trends.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management