During the last few weeks I noticed more and more, that my life is ruled by technology. As I get up, I check Facebook for new messages. During the day, I’m in front of the TV of my tablet, stumbling through the Internet. I know, gadgets and technology can broaden our views and make our life a lot more fulfilling, but only when used right.
So that’s why I want to take a break of each and every gadget I own, for one week, to get a perspective on these things.
What I want to get from this week of is a new and better view towards communication, as I tend to sit with my phone / tablet, while the others converse. I also want to use the extra time I get by doing that to exercise more and discipline myself regarding food.
Is anyone with me?
No Facebook, no TV, no phone, no tablet, for a week. Using these things for your job is fine, but not more.
Little children are also picking up technology earlier than ever, and are not being given time to develop social relationships, or requiring a lot of creativity. Instant gratification is going to hurt them later. I love having all this easy, on the go technology, however its stunting a critical part of our youths development.
I think its much worse than that. Your brain is rapidly developing and forming new connections in youth, and that’s their reality and definition of the world and everything in it – what they get from the screen. Their understanding of the world and people is solidified via google images of abstract concepts and such, etc that we picked up from the world outside.
I am with you on this one. Prior to last week, I was under complete the monarchy of technology. It sickens me to see the life of an intelligent individual get their thoughts sucked into the digital screens of modern living.
Last week, a couple of my buddies and I went on a roadtrip, mainly to go camping. The part I loved about the experience so much was the fact my phone turned off halfway to our destination and there was no way to charge it. I felt so invincible without the chains of society tieing me down. It didn’t last forever unfortunately, for I am here sharing the week-long experience I had in nature with no virtual technology.
If a week won’t work for you, take some time off the day to meditate or reflect off the day too, if you have time of course. But I definitely recommend taking a week off of society.
I rarely watch tv which isnt a big thing for me cutting out the internet makes me anxious and stressed. I absolutly hate not being able to jump online whenever I have an idea or question I want the answer to immediately. I can get by without using social media but I love to read anything informative. In my ideal world I would like to limit my computer use to 2/3 nights a week and the rest I would like to spend also exercising, practising what I read, working on a new skill or craft or even reading a fiction book. I have tried no technology for a couple of weeks and I found it wasnt sustainable for a long period of time. I have limited my time down to 3 nights a week, 2hrs at a time and that was much more manageable but to make any of it work for me I had to schedule in other activities to keep me busy/distracted.
I enjoy using these. they’re not inherently needed, but so what? they’re fun and entertainment.
People in medieval times used to sing, dance and see plays for entertainment, or play mass proto-football games. Were these inherently defined, or laws of the Universe?