Could You Unplug for 24 Hours?ST
Andy note: "Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one is originally from March 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
A friend of mine tipped me off to this curious "movement", and it made me wonder if I could make it 24 hours without technology. I'm speaking of the Sabbath Manifesto, encouraging people to unplug their computers, shut off their cell phones and blackberries, no Facebook, Twitter, or any Internet sites, for 24 hours. It's an intriguing thought, but I wonder if it is even possible in IB. The assigned time frame is sunset on Friday March 19 until sunset on Saturday March 20.
When I first entered the work force, computers were something you used to play video games and hire prostitutes (yes, in the early days of dial-up and Compuserve, hookers were web pioneers). Cell phones came later, and you had toa battery pack in a satchel that made you look like an extra from Saving Private Ryan. They put out about 10 megawatts of power, and you kept conversations short both because it cost about $5 a minute and you could actually feel a brain tumor forming after 15 seconds.
Fast forward 20 years, and technology is everywhere. We rely on it for everything. It has extended our work days from 8 hours to 24. We are always available now. Is it even possible to go 24 hours without plugging in? And if it isn't, doesn't that make you a little sad? I'm tempted to try it, but I doubt I'd be able to pull it off. And I'm basically retired. Could any of you go 24 hours off the grid?