Could You Disconnect From The Online World?
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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
- 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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- at August 27, 2011, 03:41:52
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.
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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