Why We Turned the Computer Off For 30 Days and 5 Insights I Gleaned
Does anyone else long for the “good ‘ol days?” I mean before Facebook, iphones, TV, up to the minute digital calendars, and our constant availability to anyone and everyone via technology? Back when things MUST have been simpler, slower, sweeter. Hand written notes and face to face conversations were the medium for communication, and relationships were king, not flashing screens.
To be honest, I’m young enough to not really remember those days, so I can more easily romanticize them. And that way of life holds some definite appeal for me. I like things to be simple, meaningful and slow. And mostly I like being with present people (in all senses of the word).
Despite all that, I’m amazed at how easily technology sucks me in. Click after mindless click, I sit at my computer or on my iphone engaging with content that isn’t really worth the time I’m giving it. My husband is guilty of the same.
But those aren’t the people we want to be.
So, one day… 30 days ago to be exact, my husband came home after work excitedly asking my thoughts on getting rid of our home computer.
As much as my heart affirmed his suggestion, my dreams of being a blogger left me conflicted. So instead, we opted for a 30 day fast from the computer. Now, to be clear, we still had access to email, etc. through our iphones or his work laptop, but we significantly limited our use of these as well. Most of our tech time happens on our awesome, dual-screen, high-powered desktop.
Was this fast difficult at times.Yes. Did I gain some valuable insights. YES.
God opened my eyes to several things through this exercise.
- My children are FUN. They are way more fun than Facebook or Pinterest.
- I actually can stay on top of my housework. Huh! Who knew?! The computer was contributing to idleness in my life.
- Take computer time away from my husband, and I suddenly have my dream family. He’s more present, more helpful, more involved with the kids, and we do more of what I love: family outings, walks together, dates, household projects/chores. It just naturally follows because we’re looking for things to do, and I love it!
- I am shocked at the amount of time I was spending on the computer. Upon starting my fast, I was suddenly getting to bed earlier, waking up before my kids to spend time alone with God daily, and getting more done overall.
- And, mostly, real life is better. It’s fresh, it’s real. And I don’t want to waste it.
Is this an exercise that would benefit you? What might it mean for you to fast from technology?
Set realistic goals. Maybe this means limiting your computer usage instead of eliminating it all together. Be sure to set an end date so you will know when you’ve succeeded!
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