Here’s an experiment: Try taking one piece of technology, and abstaining from it for a single day.
Can you go one day without your smartphone?
Probably not easily. The modern world is a technological world. We exist within technology, and cannot step outside it. Even survivalist Luddites in Montana peripherally depend on modern tech.
However, we can still choose to take breaks.
Tech-Fasting: Simple But Not Easy
Tech-fasting, like any conscious restriction, is simple: just cut out tech. But it’s incredibly difficult. We, whether addicts or not, are dependent on technology, and we will go through withdrawal. Here is my step-by-step media fast guide:
- Choose a time that’s convenient. I usually fast from sundown Friday to Saturday. The sabbath falls on a weekend for a reason.
- Choose what you’ll abstain from. You, and not anyone else, decide what technology you’ll abstain from. All screens? Just your smartphone?
- Tell people you’re fasting, and share your experience.
- Plan ahead. Cutting without adding doesn’t work. Plan engaging activities to fill your time.
- Journal. Write the experience of being tech-free. See what arises.
- Mindfully return to tech. Fasting might temporarily sober you up, but the sobriety won’t last. Go easy when you return to using tech.
Not convinced that a media-fast is worth it? Try using Rescuetime to track what you do on your computer.
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