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!