The technology correspondent for the BBC, Rory Cellan-Jones, was challenged to a 24 hour detox from the Internet (interestingly for a series titled Lonely London). It’s a really facinating read from someone who is clearly connected for every waking hour.
How does he start his detox, he announces it on twitter of course:
My web detox
Rory then goes on to describe the highs and lows of being disconnected with some really interesting findings.
Having done this type of thing myself I think that Rory’s conclusion is similar to my own experience:
After a few days back online and sometime for reflection, I have come to a rather different conclusion. I now realise that constant connectivity, while vital for my job, has plenty of negative aspects. It shortens your attention span and could prevent you from having any sense of perspective about what is important and what isn’t. So maybe a web detox is something we should all try from time to time.
How do you think you would cope with a 24 hour detox?