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Cold Turkey

I want to take a break from technology.

I want to go a month without seeing a cell phone, watching TV, or using electronics and staring at a screen in general. I don’t care about the “status” of my friends. I don’t want to hear tweeting from anything but animals or people with exceptional talent for animal sounds. I don’t need to know the news or what is happening somewhere with someone I don’t know or care about that is only in the news because they messed up or at one point in time they did something significant with their life. I just want to see and care about the real people in my life. Is that too much to ask?


  1. Vnguyen wrote:

    Sounds like a primitive idea. How would you do any of your art graphics or work per say? no technology? I can see getting off of social media which sounds more along the lines of what you’re looking for. Read Henry David Thoreau’s point on transcendentalism.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink
  2. John Schubel wrote:

    People did art before computers existed. Just because I can’t use Photoshop doesn’t mean that I can’t generate art, or create something I couldn’t later translate to a computer. Sketchbooks are perfect for recording ideas.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  3. ogroves wrote:

    I sometimes feel the same way. It would be nice to be able to step away from computers and just use my hands to create stuff for a while. Computers can create some amazing things, but it’s still nice to use your own hands which will always be more sensitive and responsive than any computer software known to man.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  4. Jesse Noel wrote:

    So turn your shit off!

    I don’t get people who complain about social media and then have all their devices connected so all of their accounts can hound them whenever someone invites them to Farmville or some bullshit like that.

    I actually read an article the other day about a guy who went one year without the internet and came away from it feeling like he’d completely wasted his time. The real trick is not to utterly avoid electronics, or the internet, or whatever, but to cut out the bullshit you don’t need — like facebook.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  5. Dwayne Rodriguez wrote:

    They say facebook helps you stay connected when i actually feel it disconnects you from what is real and around you.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink