Could You Disconnect From The Online World?

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    wnanhee

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        The premise of two of Keanu Reeves' movies, Johnny Mnemonic and the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, is that technology is ruining the lives of humans.
        Sometime in the not too distant future, I believe that will be the case.
        We are subjecting ourselves to millions of daily bombardments of every frequency humans have ever invented.
        What are these attacks doing to our vital organs, not to mention our brains?
        Will we all have to wear hats made from aluminum foil, provided they do not give us Alzheimer's first.
        I know I have mentioned this in previous posts but one AP writer took a vacation in upstate New York to remove herself from the connected world.

        "The knowledge that I'd be cut off from Internet and cellphone service in just a few hours started to relax me long before I reached the secluded, serene site of a two-day yoga retreat in upstate New York.

        For 43 magical hours, chirping birds replaced car horns and sirens. Two-hour yoga classes, hammock-lounging and hot-tubbing replaced sitting at my desk in Manhattan.

        The best part: Absolutely nothing replaced my iPhone. It sat powered off at the bottom of my backpack all weekend save for a brief stint as an alarm clock to wake me from a nap."


        I know most of us see dislocation from such daily uses as barbaric or a step back in evolution, but, what if it is evolution?

        How do you feel about this concept?

        You can read her whole story on AP.org
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        I recently enjoyed a whole week without computers and it was great although I did experience withdrawal symptoms for a few days
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        I wouldn't mind being without internet and phone for a while. As long as I can be with my hubby and a nice bottle of wine it would be fine. I just know that our conversation would lead to one of us wanting look something up online though. 
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        I could live without my husband but not my computer 
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        in a heartbeat... suny tropical island tourquoise blue water, hammock,
        margarita in hand...birds chirping,...no cars, no phone, no computer, no noise....tropical music,...casino action at night (and whatever else)
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        Given her surroundings...sure, why not be without phone or internet! Not everyone can afford to go to a private retreat to "disconnect". Could this lady spend that much time away from her electronics if she wasn't in such an ideal setting? I know I could be away from the computer as long as I had something (or someone lol) else better to do, but lock me in my house and say no tv/internet/phone I would go insane!!!
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        satan...i could NEVER do it stranded in this stinking house! hahahahahahaha.

        talk about going crazy!!!!

        i was just dreaming about a perfect place to be...nice and quiet away from the corporate noise.  i was only there twice. 

        right now, the noise never goes away..
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        I personly could never be without the internet and particularly my phone connected to the internet I would be lost , I could and have survived without my laptop but cant be without my phone for more than the period that I am sleeping 

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        I'm sure I could survive, after all I've lived almost half of my life without internet. But I'd surely miss the online world ;)

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        It would be strange to disconnect from the online world completely. For example I do not have a TV set - everything I like I can watch online, TV shows, movies, and sports. I read news online only. And I've stayed in touch with my family and friends thanks to the Internet. 

        But sure, a few days away is what we all need. 

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        That is a big NO for me. My job is connected to being online all the time and communicating with people all around the world. I absolutely love that and wouldn't be able to just completely switch off. Not to mention that little problem about keeping a long distance relationship going 

         

        I used to work on cruise ships and had very limited access to the Internet (plus, super expensive!) and it was so hard. I admit, a part of it was great because you didn't have that constant need to check your phone and your emails and your social media. 

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        I could disconnect from the online world if I have to but luckily I don't have to make that choice right now,this is too much fun XOXO

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        I could disconnect for a limited time because many many things in my life depends on the internet. My job is bassed on internet.

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        Definitely chirping birds beat phones anyday !!

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        wnanhee wrote:

        I could live without my husband but not my computer 

        I could live without a wife but not my computer. Before the internet, I spent more time at my library than most.

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