“The television went from being a babysitter to a mistress. Technology made it easy for us to stay in touch while keeping a distance. So we just stayed distant and never touched, now all we do is text too much.” – Sage Francis
Being in school kept Tim and I glued to our computers sun up to sun down. We were constantly having to research, study, or write. Granted not ALL of our time on the laptop was spent actually doing the schoolwork we were intending to do (thank you blogs and facebook), but all of this work, and procrastination from work, was a necessary evil that resulted from being in college and graduate school. I lamented this situation and felt the need to “unplug”, but always had something to work on.
Well, now that Tim and I are done with school we have implemented something I’ve dreamed about doing, Technology-Free Tuesdays, one day of the week where all after-work hours will be void of computers and television (we don’t have a t.v., but we do watch shows sometimes on Hulu). These days will remove the buffer of the laptop, and make us break out of our habit of coming home and plugging in.
Yesterday was our first tech-free Tuesday, and it was a nice evening. We did some reading.
And made a feast; quinoa, marinated and baked tofu, bean salad, and roasted kabocha squash.
We spent time out on the lanai, just sitting and watching the clouds go by. We went to bed really early. It was nice. I am envisioning more evening walks, or frisbee in the future. Tech-free Tuesday will give us a chance to break the stronghold of the internet, something that I allow, but feel disconcerted with.
I would like to apply the concept in a stricter sense, too, because yesterday after work I did run on a treadmill with an ipod, but baby steps. I can easily take my runs outside, sans music and garmin. Maybe I’ll devote Tuesdays to hitting the trails, the possibilities are endless, and I am excited.
Do you feel tied to your computer/laptop? Does it bother you to be on the internet so much? Have you come up with any solutions to this issue?