it is so worth doing this every once in a while. Especially now that technology makes it so easy for us to stay connected 24/7 – I was amazed at how refreshing it was to disconnect for a little while! 4 years ago
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How I did it: I've done it more than once.The first few were getting it taken away by parents.But I've done it on my own a few times as well.It's easy for maybe the first few hours or a day, but then you go insane to see what is going on and how people are.That or you get insanely bored.you have to do other things to get away from that.Reading and listening to music helped me.Do what you love, not having that phone or computer calling your name will allow you to do whatever you want. Read how I did it… 3 years ago
I don’t own a laptop and have only had a mobile phone (cell phone) for 4 years now, so I would have done this quite a few times. I rarely use my mobile phone anyway, and often go to places out of range.
The longest I would have gone without it since I got it would be the 3 weeks overseas in new york and tahiti this year, where ok technically I had it with me, I had it switched off the whole time because i didnt’ have global access so it was just a chunk of metal and plastic.
I think for me going without the internet is more of an issues, which I also did for most of that overseas trip. 6 years ago
Between the stress of working full time as a teacher while taking five grad classes, planning a wedding, commuting from New York to Virginia every weekend to look for a job, buying a house in VA and moving from my apartment into temporary quarters in my parents house I need more than a weekend without any connection to anything!!
I think I will do this on our honeymoon. No laptop, no cell phone, no internet. Just me and my honey unwinding in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 7 years ago
Just to get away from being wired all time is very relaxing. Being away from a computer for like just two days, makes a lot of stress go away. 7 years ago
... went to an internet cafe? It was only once, though—and ony for about 30 minutes. That European keyboard drove me flipping nuts. Then I went and ate Middle Eastern food. 7 years ago
i went backpacking in the wilderness for a month 2 years ago without any kind of electronics. it was really nice getting away from everything but i started to miss my music. 7 years ago
I had it forced on me, and now have begun to yearn for it more and more often. We have a cabin in rural Sweden, that is so remote that mobile telephone (cell phones to Yanks) antennae don’t reach it. And there is no electricity to recharge laptop batteries.
The first time we went there, I took my ‘phone, of course, only to find that it never rang, and was amazed that I didn’t miss its siren song. Not at all. And I took my laptop – just in case there were a few moments to catch up on whatever – only to discover that all my moments were full of not paying attention to my laptop at all. What a joy. 8 years ago
But i had to play catch up when Monday came. But it was gratifying to have been able to be away from the computer. Travelling is the answer. 8 years ago
how i wish i could do this every weekend to reconnect. afraid to leave the people who need me, though they probably don’t need me as much as i think they do. maybe i need me more 8 years ago
I listend to my soul and brought the expeience to my daily life. I now drive with the radio off. 8 years ago
If your sitting at home using instant messaging
orsurfing the net, or talking on your cell phone for more than 1-2 hours a day, you are not out living your life or truly connecting to people.
I try to stay away from the computer and cell phone, even more so lately (although obviously not this moment!) I have to say it never ceases to amaze me how reliant we’ve become on these things we never had growing up, or at least my generation growing up. They are not what is important in life, rather coming home to your friends an family and having an actual conversation is. Face to face. 8 years ago
My cell phone doesn’t work anywhere. Only problem is I have to remember to bring a watch or I have no idea what time it is… 8 years ago