Have you ever gone on a tech fast?
I’ve always got a chuckle out of those who go on tech fasts. Not because I think they’re silly, but the over generalization of the definition. While on a tech fast, many enjoy indoor plumbing, automobiles, books and newspapers.
I know I’m being a little facetious, but I think it’s a good idea to keep these kinds of things in perspective, if for any reason, for us not to become too dogmatic on our stance towards the use of technology.
Generally, most tech fasts include the absence of television, video games, computers and mobile devices. A tech fast usually looks something like this:
(If you’re wondering why this video was produced so well, it’s because the producer is one of my best friends in the world. I’m just sayin’.)
Although this is an interesting look at what a tech fast is like, I would be more curious to know what it’s like after more than just a day.
How about a whole year?
Maybe not even just tech, how about not using the Internet?
In my case, I would rapidly run out of money and my children would starve, so obviously this isn’t possible. What I find the most intriguing about this concept, is finding out the contrast between our tech driven, Internet connected, social media lives that we all lead.
That’s exactly what The Verge wanted to know, so they paid Paul Miller not to use the Internet for an entire year.
Here’s how it was going last Summer, but what’s more interesting than that, is Paul just finished up his full year stint this year. It’s an incredibly insightful read and I probably learned more reading about his experience than if I had done a tech fast for myself.
I may need to read through the entire offline series, it’s pretty awesome.
Have you ever been on a tech fast?
What did you learn?