Late last year, around late November, there was a new trend afloat around within my crew. Internet ban for 24 hours. From seven of us in the crew, one had been toying with the idea to self-impose an Internet ban for at least 24 hours during the week, or rather, for one full day and night every week. At the time when this was discussed, I brushed aside the idea, thinking that I, out of all the people, was in control of when and how I access the internet, be it on my laptop/PC, tablet or mobile phone.
I was wrong.
Two weeks ago, the same idea, was adopted by an acquaintance of mine. She casually mentioned it during a late night, unplanned meal, and she and this whole self-imposed Internet ban got be thinking.
Now, I know the era we live in today is regarded, probably unofficially, as the Information Age. I guess, others may call it Computer Age, Digital Age or New Media Age. Information surrounds us whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. What makes this possible is how digital/electronic devices have, it seems, embedded themselves permanently into our lives. 20 years, or so, ago, technology evolved gradually. As a toddler I remember, In our household and I guess in any other household, you’d find a telephone, TV, audio player with radio and a video cassette player as devices capable of providing information – and that would be all. The only time you’d replace one of these items would be when the old one broke and the old bloke at the local repair shop said it was beyond repair. That’s right; you’d literally have local shops that specialised in repairing electronic devices.
Technology is now evolving at a far greater pace than one can and could have ever anticipated. Everyone, and I literally mean everyone from children, teenagers to adults are exposed to Information Overload. Infobesity and Infoxication is a reality and people are suffering from this, whether they’re aware or not. People are finding it difficult to break away from this Information Overload and thus, I believe, have difficulty in understanding how to make decisions which can be caused by the presence of too much information. By this I mean, people of all ages fail to understand how important it is to make decisions in real life and away from this artificial reality.
The idea for a 24 hour internet ban is to divert your attention and energy into something else. It’s an idea that, if adhered to religiously, means that you may begin to (re)discover, life around you again. Life that isn’t lived or viewed through technology or the Internet. I must admit, I’m not a heavy user of technology and Internet on the move, but at times, I do find myself so immersed that I fail to see the world moving around me.
So, I’ve decided to implement this idea on a trial basis. See how it works for me and see if it actually makes a difference of some sort.
But, it won’t be easy.
At least, it won’t be easy in selecting which day of the week I have an Internet ban on. My extra curricular activities and social get together are, all pretty much, arranged via my digital devices – which – I also use to work on and run my businesses. How and where do I draw the line?
On paper, Wednesday, seems to be a good day to introduce a 24 hour Internet ban. It will be interesting to know how this works out, and whether I am able to adhere to it, and begin to focus and put more energy in other parts of my life – which currently – is a mix of life-work-Internet-technology.
I hope to provide a regular update on how this turns out, and what impact (positive or negative) it is having.
Would you consider adhering to a 24 hour Internet ban?
Do you think it’ll change anything?