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An online experiment is taking place titled Shut Down Day.  The intent behind the web site is to have you shutdown and not use your computer for an entire day.  I was skeptical, because like many web workers, I depend on my computer daily to make […]

logoAn online experiment is taking place titled Shut Down Day.  The intent behind the web site is to have you shutdown and not use your computer for an entire day.  I was skeptical, because like many web workers, I depend on my computer daily to make a living.  However the organizers wisely chose a Saturday.

I plan on participating by shutting not only turning my computer off, but my cell phone as well.  My work/life balance will most likely be vastly improved as a result.

Could you do without your computer for a day?  What other devices would be hard for you to go without?

Perhaps with the trend to always be connected and ‘in the loop’, these occasional days where we are encouraged to shut everything the world off can be very beneficial.

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  1. It’ll kill me – but I’ll do it, because it’s good for me :-)

  2. My desktop computer is also my TV, DVD player, and stereo, so going without it for a day would be a little tough (unless I just left the house entirely).

    I backpack frequently (sometimes for 5+ days at a time), and during those times the only gadget I take along is a little Creative Zen Nano to listen to music. I’d be perfectly happy without it, though. Going gadget-less is more a relief than a chore.

  3. I’ll agree with Michael – more relief than a chore.

  4. Take an acoustic guitar with you instead of an MP3 player :-)

  5. Ontario Emperor Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    No computer and no phone? Lessee…in addition to the aforementioned acoustic guitar, you’d need paper maps, postage stamps, and all sorts of strange things.

  6. Amie Gillingham Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Can’t do it–Saturday is one of our biggest new-member sign up days and turning off my computer would mean that my customers would be left in the lurch. That being said, I’ll try to limit my computer time purely to work that day and not spend my leisure time reading my feeds, catching up with friends online, etc.

  7. John Paul Mitchell Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    Absolutely not! I rely on my computer too much.

  8. So it’s pretty much a vital organ for you John?

  9. I’m doing it now while on vacation. It’s difficult, but worthwhile to reaffirm that I’m a human, not a node…

  10. Another alternative is the Weekend Luddite: go without your computer between breakfast and supper on the weekends.

    Weekend Luddite
    http://www.everydaysystems.com/weekendluddite/

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