In such a digital world, it is easy (and typical) for us to get caught up in the new gadgets, the new toys. They are marketed as “conveniences” to us, devices that make our lives better, easier. Now, we have a computer in our hand to tell us when we get an email, when someone takes a picture of us, how far it is to the grocery store, everything.
We have become reliant on technology
We text, we email, we tweet, we post status updates, we tag pictures, we post blog updates, we instant message, we send photos, we take videos of our cats. We have phones, tablets, GPS units, heck, they even have internet connected watches now. Seriously, how connected do we need to be?
I know I am guilty of it. Here is just a picture of how my evening shaped up tonight:
- Juliet got home from work right after a Tweet Up (#TNI) was finishing up
- We head out to the bar for dinner/drinks
- After were there, Juliet answers texts from her coworkers
- We compare pictures from friends on Facebook/Twitter
- I text one of our friends to see how they’re doing
- Juliet calls her mom on the phone
- I took a picture of our dog and sent it to a friend
- Now I am writing a blog before bed
Seriously, can we not just disconnect for a day? I know I am not alone in this.
So here is my challenge to you. Take a day. 24 hours. Turn off. No computer, no phone, no internet, no twitter, no Facebook. Sure, carry your phone just in the case of an emergency, but turn off all your data services. Do not tempt yourself.
So, before you say it, I will.
I will put my money where my mouth is.
This weekend is June 25th-26th and I will go 48 hours without being connected to the internet or on a computer.
With a dedication to a blog post per day for the month of June, that means I need to get Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s blog posts done tomorrow, as well as my Foto Friday post. Looks like I have my work cut out for me.
But I will take my own challenge. I am going to spend my time with Juliet, with the dogs, being a family, without external influences, without external connectivity.
I will follow up this blog on Monday/Tuesday with photos and a write-up of my digital sabbatical. A weekend of freedom. 48 hours untethered.
Day 23. Way 23. Disconnect from your digital addiction. Enjoy the freedom of old times. Get back to basics. A smile, a handshake. No internet.
Can you go without the internet?
Can you forego a few tweets?
Join me in a digital sabbatical this weekend, June 25-26. Share your commitment below!