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Have You Ever Tried a Tech Detox? Let Us Know What You Think of Them

mad programmer

Some of you may have noticed that I was out of the loop the last 8 or 9 days. I was actually out in San Diego visiting my family for Passover. One of the perks of being a religious Jew are the once a week Sabbath and holidays throughout the year where I don’t use any technology. (more or less) That means for a least 24 hours every week my BlackBerry is off along with my laptop and all other gadgets and I unplug. Some people might dread that feeling of disconnection but I find it refreshes me. I tend to call them a “Tech Detox” where I spend quality time with my family and friends without the constant distractions.

I just came off of a 8-9 day vacation where I did not use tech at all for 5 of the days and I have to say it was refreshing. Don’t get me wrong I missed my BlackBerry and am trying to dig my way out of a mountain of email but on the other hand I felt totally free on those days. My tech detox was a byproduct of celebrating the Jewish holidays but I have run into more people over the years who have them just to get their life and brain back in sync.

So lets throw the idea out there. Have you ever performed a “Tech Detox” or something similar? Do you have any ritual for balancing your personal interactions with your online activities? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Problem is if i’m on vacation I usually wish my data plan worked so I could look up directions, places to eat, places to go, etc… It’s more of a blocker than a relief. I have to try and find free Wifi which isn’t always easy and directions are much more difficult.

    If it’s work related email I could see that being a nice break though.

  2. Yes! Every summer, I go camping with friends in the inland Pacific Northwest. We go to those places that are blank on the cell service maps.

    • Yeah I did that when I was in the Amazon in Peru. It was awesome. They don’t even have data service even where there is cell service. Was also crazy seeing people living in huts yet have cellphones.

  3. Sounds like something I need to incorporate into my life.

  4. I need to start doing this myself

  5. I try when I go on a weekly vacation with my family. I still have a data plan when we’re travelling, but I try really hard not to be too connected to my work stuff. I don’t and can’t unplug completely as I usually get 100 emails a day. However I usually just do a quick scan and put them into some kind of running priority in my brain so I don’t get overwhelmed with 200+ emails that need instant responses when I get back to work… I choose 2 to 3 emails a day that I know must have an immediate response, otherwise the rest just waits and it’s rather refreshing for me. :)

    • PB I totally agree. It makes it so much more of a vacation. I actually purchased a data plan for my last trips to Italy and then Poland but both times I did not use the data for checking email but rather for googling restaurants and checking tripadvisor. I am still on the fence about it. Even when I was in San Diego on Passover I only checked my phone 1-2 times a day on the other 4 days the phone was actually on. It was truly freeing. Like taking a yoke off you shoulders for a few days.

  6. I go Tech detox everytime I go on vacation, just because I don’t feel like be overwhelmed with screens and info.
    Let me relax my body, my mind and my eyes!
    I just keep my phone just in case (data off).

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