Monday, April 29, 2013

Going screen-free

This week, I have a daunting assignment to complete. As of today, I'm going screen-free for an entire week, joining in with thousands of others around the world for Screen Free Week. The idea is to turn off TVs, computers, game consoles and hand-held devices for the week and - as the organisers say - "turn on life".

It's all about connecting more with people in real life, enjoying nature and/or participating in some activities that don't involve staring at a glowing screen.

I have to admit to a fair amount of trepidation. After all, I'm online most of the time, via my computer, ipad and/or phone - even at work, I tend to check in on various sites during my breaks, thanks to the magic of mobile telecommunications systems. And I rely on my computerised devices to carry out a lot of my routine daily tasks. For example:

Catching up with friends and family
Scheduling appointments
Sending or RSVP-ing invitations
Selling unwanted crap
Sourcing recipes
Reading and research
Looking up stuff in the online versions of the encyclopaedia/dictionary/thesaurus

And of course, I rely completely on my little electronic friends to remind me when I have a medical appointment, social engagement, work deadline, or just to pick up the dry cleaning. I even use a shopping list app...

So this week I'm going old school. From 12:01am on Monday until midnight next Sunday, I will be absent from social media and most online services - and before you start wagging your fingers at me, this post was written yesterday and set to publish automatically today. :p

There are some exceptions. I'll still be checking my email and will reply to any business-related or important messages; I will most definitely be using my Kindle - after all, reading is what people do when there's no TV... and I have some more blog posts preset to publish later in the week, just so as you don't forget me completely.

But I won't be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (other than my automated blog-pimping tweets and FB posts). You won't see me commenting on other blogs. If I need a recipe, I'll grab one of my hundreds of cookbooks or food magazines. I may even have to resort to using my 1979 edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary if I'm lost for words.

I don't expect I'll die, but I do expect it to be a bit difficult to break my usual habits of being constantly plugged in. That's OK. Who knows, maybe at the end of the week, I'll have a sparkling clean house, organised linen cupboard, empty ironing basket, freezer full of pre-cooked meals and a weed-free garden? Stop laughing - it could happen.

How do you think you'd go if you had to forgo ALL screen-based activities for a week?


1 comment:

Magda said...

LOL, I'd have to take a week off work (I know work times doesn't count but hey, if you're gonna do it, you may as well do it properly!!)If i could get off FB in the evening, I'd have time to do some back rehab work and some relaxation / meditation. I keep meaning to do it but never take the plunge.

Good luck.


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