I’ve heard several people say they would log off the e-world just to get some other perspective, at least for a little while. Lately, doing that is nearly impossible, because even though you may be away from your computer, smartphones are always there to accommodate your every online whim (you can hardly take your fingers off that little keyboard!). So, if you are surrounded every day by the internet, it takes a very strong will power to break free, to unplug all your devices and contact to the virtual universe.
Since I’ve had contact to every device possible, I haven’t done the offline “cleansing”. This weekend however, it was an entirely involuntary but healthy situation. I end up in a weekend with no computer, no tv, and no signal on my BlackBerry. All I had were my friends and the actual contact we had with the real world, no wires attached.
I must say it was absolutely relaxing. I focused on nothing but having live conversations, interacting with the surroundings and not worrying about a thing. The world still revolved.
However, the minute I got all the devices back, I noticed just how much went on in 48 hours. Worldwide trends that, as it is lately, ordinary people knew more about and kept you more informed than news channels. Events like 1,000,000 visitors in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s Beatification, or Osama Bin Laden being dead.
The world keeps spinning indeed, but did I really miss out just for a 48-hr unplug? I feel new and better than ever. Ready to tackle on more trends, more internet; a power nap boosting my working stamina. I recommend it yes, just don’t do it for too long and many times altogether. You’ll find yourself liking other things, and as far as I am concerned, I just love the net. Humanity’s greatest gift to humanity itself.