The Great Digital Detox Experiment
Two weeks ago, in a fit of annoyance with all things media, I decided to go on a digital detox. That is, I swore I would cut back on the amount of time I spent on social media and email. I even went so far as to delete the email and social media apps off my phone. (I saved the Safari app though. It’s too valuable for those long drives when my husband and I play “who sings this”.”
So how am I doing? Better, but I still need work.
First of all, I still have the damn smart phone and access to the Internet. So I still am able to check things like Radar Online periodically when I should be writing. I’d thought about turning the sucker off, but then I’d miss texts from my son, Tattoo, who is away at college. Granted, he’s not texting anything all that vital, but wouldn’t you know the one time I ignored him there was a shooter on campus? I’m not ignoring texts from him anymore. Instead, I’m going to work on moving the phone as far away as possible – like a different room. That way I’ll only get up if I hear Tattoo’s special ring tone.
I’m better on the computer. That’s because I’ve got this awesome program called Freedom that locks my computer from the Internet. Once activated, I can’t get online for up to eight hours. The downside: I find myself counting the hours until I can check email and I recently discovered I can access email from my Nook.
The sad thing is it’s not like my email is all that vital. In fact, checking my email obsessively actually makes me depressed, because inevitably someone didn’t response to a note I sent. That leads to my becoming obsessively insecure, and a viscious cycle is born.
Clearly, the real problem is having too much technology and too little self-control. Tonight, I delete the email app from my Nook.
I’ll keep you posted on how the detox experiment goes. In the meantime, I’d say technology is still winning the war. But I’m closing in!