When was the last time you spend a single day offline? Without reaching for the smartphone, without checking your facebook timeline or answering 1000 emails? Hm?
A few weeks ago I hadn’t known the answer. But Christopher and me had an unintentional digital fasting for the last two weekends. We accidentally went to areas with no reception at all. It was awesome. And very relaxing. And we’ll do it again. For the next two weeks Christopher and me will withdraw from any digitality. We’re going to tour Brittany with our old van, visit friends, find new ones and we’re looking forward to re-experience the qualitative difference of time spent without digital umbilical cord.
The countermovement to constant availability has been around for a while now: it’s called Digital Detoxing, as you sure have heard. The term can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary since 2013. Several Digital-Detox-offers are springing up ever since, from no-network-camps to hotels completely without cellphones, internet, TV, radio and even alarm clocks. Some studies say it increases our concentration, makes us feel calmer, more balanced and more creative.
I think the term is a little goofy. Do we really need that? Do we have to name it, when we let our little terrorists switched off and withdraw from the internet? When I recently caught myself scrolling down my facebook timeline like a cat does it with a roll of toilet paper, I knew I, too, can hardly escape from the habit of being constantly available and online. On our trip we break with this habit and we’ll see how we use the time gained. We’ll keep you posted (when we’re back).
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