Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Disconnect Process

I've begun the disconnect process this afternoon and boy does it feel good! Also a little anxiety-inducing.

I switched my Netflix account to have NO streaming and only one DVD at a time. I'd almost forgotten what anticipation felt like! It'll be fun to await each new arrival in the mail. No longer is media instantly streamable for me. Strange but oddly relieving.

I deleted my Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts. As much fun as they were, they were also far too demanding of my time. The constant drug-like pull of them to constantly stay connected was too hard to ignore.

I turned off all notifications on my iPhone (with the exception of texting, which I rarely use anyway), and switched Mail to be manually pulled. Now I'll have to intentionally check to see if I have new messages instead of being demanded upon to deal with them all as soon as they arrive. I plan to check email once or twice day, so if you don't get an instant response from me like you used to, that's why.

What am I going to do with all my free time, you ask? Well, homework, for one thing. And actual book-reading. I might even break out the puzzles and board-games. Maybe I'll finish up the paint-by-number art that I started years ago, or the cross-stitch projects that lay collecting dust in my closet. Oh the possibilities!

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READ MORE ABOUT IT!

  1. My first technology fast.
  2. My geeky tech history.
  3. Starting the Disconnect Process.
  4. My general "unplugging" anxiety.
  5. My "Rules" for a technology detox.
  6. Technology detox - Day 7 update.
  7. Technology detox - Day 17 update!

7 comments:

  1. WOW!! That's what I call dedication. I've been considering the termination of Facebook for a while now, but that's the only way I can keep in touch with some of my family off in other countries and they'd murder me if I deleted it lol. I won't give up my Flickr (or Tumblr) accounts though, the sheer number of amazing people I've met and amount of inspiration / knowledge I've found through them just blows me away.

    So you've whittled down your Netflix, but what about the TiVo? :P

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    1. Ah! You caught that, didn't you? ;P I couldn't bring myself to pull the plug on my TiVo. Especially with a dying laptop at the moment, it's really my main way to watch things. Plus its not nearly so demanding as streaming or push notification devices and websites. Without TiVo I'd have to schedule my time in front of the tube and that would take a LOT of creative time away from other things. So yeah... for now, TiVo stays. ;P

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  2. That is the boldest step to take. I still don't have the guts to walk away from all these stuffs. I know they have sucked too much time and energy from me, but I don't think I can pull myself away from them. At least, not today.

    You go, girl. I envy your courage :)

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  3. Way to go girl! You won't regret it. :)

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  4. Wow! That really is a bold step. I don't know how I would do it. Good for you! I'm sure it will remind you of what life used to be like before all of this instant gratification... maybe one day I'll try it. Good luck you brave girl!

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  5. wow... i love a good unplug, myself, but you went hardcore!! lol. i'm not sure i'll ever be able to delete all my accounts like that... brave woman! xx

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    1. I started thinking about which online activities promote my peace and creativity and which ones hinder them. Once I looked at it that way, it was an easy pull to unplug those things.

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