Saturday, September 18, 2010

Digital Detox Week

"Did you just have to click on a link? What is it about our technology that is so addictive? As much as we hate to admit it, we are hooked on the digital world. Whether it is texting, gaming, downloading or emailing, so much of our time is spent in the virtual realm. Luckily, the off button is easy to find. Take a week to cut back on digital stimulation as much as you can. The goal is not to dwell on the pitfalls of our electronic devices but to reflect on ourselves. And who knows, if the magic begins to creep back into your life, the digital detox may never end."
~from the Adbusters website

Digital Detox Week, formerly known as TV Turnoff Week, was launched by Adbusters magazine and other organizations in 1994. It takes place twice a year, in April & in September. It is estimated that 70 million people have taken part since its inception. The next Digital Detox Week is September 19th-25th! Time to give yourself a break from all the electronic devices that rule our lives-turn off your computer, your TV, & see what else the world has to offer. I don't know if this means you should eschew your e-reader as well...

For more suggestions on beginning your digital detox, visit the Adbusters website or check out examples from the Atlanta's Examiner. Tammy Strobel, of the website Rowdy Kittens, takes a "digital sabbatical" regularly.

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