Time for a Time Out

When was the last time you didn’t turn on your computer for a whole day? If you don’t know, it is probably time to take a time out.

I recently decided to take some days off the digital world. What is a better occasion than the holiday season and a trip to a remote town in the Swiss Alps?

So for the last ten days I did not use my computer. No blog posts, no quick checking of my emails, no FB-updates, nothing. It is obviously not my invention. It even has a name, it’s called Digital Detox. Our friends at Adbusters describe it nicely: “As much as we hate to admit it, we are hooked on the digital world. Whether it is texting, gaming, downloading or emailing, so much of our time is spent in the virtual realm. Luckily, the off button is easy to find. Take a week to cut back on digital stimulation as much as you can.”

Here are some ideas of the Slow Media blog on how to extend your Slow Media lifestyle:

  • Going to libraries to borrow videotapes, instead of Netflix.
  • Sending letters, postcards or faxes and making phone calls, instead of writing e-mails.
  • Publishing a zine, instead of a blog. 
  • Going to more brick-and-mortar stores, instead of shopping online at Amazon, Craigslist, eBay or wherever.
  • Paying monthly bills with checks, instead of online bill-payer.
  • Calling my bank’s teller-phone, instead of accessing my accounts on the Web. 
  • Using printed references like dictionaries, phone books and thesauri, instead of online resources.
  • Buying plane tickets through a travel agent, instead of Kayak.com or airline sites.
  • Checking the forecast in the newspaper or on the Weather Channel, instead of at Wunderground.com.
  • Visiting libraries to do research, instead of trawling online catalogs and electronic databases from home.
  • Looking up directions in a map or atlas, instead of Google maps or Mapquest.

It is all about real experiences and not about making your life harder. My week was full of wonderful and real experiences: making cookies, playing around in the snow, snowboarding and taking time to read good old books. Lovely.

Luckily for you readers I’m back from my time out and full of ideas of what to write about, so keep posted.

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4 thoughts on “Time for a Time Out

  1. if you make us addicted, you are not allowed to take any break!!! or, at least, you should write this kind of post BEFORE the break, so that we can follow your suggestions, and not keep on checking for new post… otherwise it’s called sadism!!!

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  3. Beautiful! I did the same, and it’s an important part of retaining my sanity (or comfortable level of insanity)!
    Imagine a world without computers and smartphones. Then go further and imagine a world in which electricity is supplied for only one hour a day. Our lifestyles would be very different – better in some ways and worse in others. Learning to be less reliant on smart devices and more reliant on our own smarts is a great idea for everyone.

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