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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Technology Detox

It's amazing how much our lives are involved in technology.  I remember rotary dial phones and not having an answering machine.  If you weren't home to pick up the phone, nobody knew where you were and they couldn't get in touch with you.  And we were okay with that!  I remember being able to only watch TV stations that we could get with our antenna and how big of a deal it was when we got cable.  I remember when the Internet was Usenet newsgroups and simple email.  Now we have multiple laptops in our home, several cell phones that stay glued to our sides where ever we go, broadband wi-fi, and satellite, DVRs, and DVD players for the two TVs.

It's time to take a break.

Lately I've been missing my creative side.  I used to write short stories and poetry.  I have written some amazing and often twisted adventures for table-top role-playing games.  Yet I seem to be having problems tapping into that side of me.  I feel the press of age and banality.  I don't take much time out to just have fun and be a child again.

I miss that, and I'm doing something about it.  For the upcoming week I'm doing a detox and having my whole family do it with me.  For the next five days the TV will be off, no video games will be played, and the only purpose of the computers will be for checking email (I teach online classes and do other important things via computer, so I can't go that long without email).  I'm going to spend time thinking, playing, and writing, and hope to reconnect with that spark that I used to have.  My goal is to eliminate the distractions of the modern world and find that part of myself that used to thrive on the creative process.

See you on the other side!


  1. I sometimes wonder if you and my husband are long lost brethren...or a long lost brethren from the group of guys he grew up with. The role playing, sci-fi love fits right in with them :-). Enjoy detoxing and using your creative side!

  2. Taking time off right when Diablo 3 was released!? I empathize with your plight though. There are a lot of types of online roleplaying groups as well, and I've had a lot of fun in both forum and email based writing clubs. My creativity and plotting ability has never been so great!

  3. I think that's a great idea and more people should take such a "detox" every once in awhile. I'm only 25 but my parents had a rotary phone in the kitchen until we moved to another house when I was 18! Before cell phones became so common, I always had to teach my friends how to dial when they needed to call home :)

    Particularly with my generation, people always complain they don't have any free time, but then they can list at least a half a dozen prime time shows they watch, older shows they are watching on netflix, new video games they buy every couple of months and they are ALWAYS on their smartphones. My generation is so used to this technology we don't really think how to entertain ourselves without it.

    I have a simple cell phone that can't connect to the internet and I don't even have a television, so I'm not really like the rest of my generation.


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