Two weeks down; two to go. The digital detox is going pretty strong and this week I definitely had some stark observations. I was going solo for the most part since Eric couldn’t be talked into riding it out with me. Apparently (in the words of Meatloaf), he’ll do anything for love, but he won’t do that.
As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a 100% detox because I’m still doing things blog related and watching TV (if it’s for a social outing), but it’s a lot less than I’ve ever tried to do before! So what did I learn in Week 2?
I Found the Mythical Island of Sleep
When E and I were both detoxing together, the last couple of days I noticed that we actually got to bed at a decent hour. When he’s watching TV I’ll sit down and blog next to him. The longer he watches the longer I blog and before we know it, it’s past midnight. A funny thing happened when the TV wasn’t on. He decided to go to bed earlier, which in turn was the catalyst for me doing the same. Could it be this simple?
My Facebook Reflex Lessened
I only found myself automatically scrolling town my Facebook feed 2 or 3 times which was way down from last week.
I don’t want to say boredom because there’s so much to do that I can never be truly bored, but there were moments when I had no blog-related things to do on my phone and I sat there just wanting to do something online. The best way I can describe it was trigger finger. It happened during Easter at my family’s and before bed. Before bed, when I should be working through my night-time routine, but instead I was sitting there talking myself out of opening those apps.
No News is Not Good News…or is it?
As my friend Jason observed in last week’s post; news reaches you late or not at all. He was doing his detox during the Paris attacks and I’m doing mine with this latest attack in Brussels. This led to a really great discussion on why we (humanity) feel the need to know everything as it happening. How does it benefit us to know in real time? How does the information that we get change our thinking, or better yet our actions? I’m not saying there’s a right or wrong here; it’s just interesting. For the most part, I like to know things. Especially when it comes to my little world and the people in it. So it’s been really strange with Facebook not knowing what’s going on in some of my friend’s and family’s lives. At this rate, I might have to call or text or something (gasp)!
Social Media Does Not Discriminate
Obviously, there are a lot of crazies on social media that do (part of the reason I agreed to take this hiatus) but I was struck by this realization when a patient of mine in her eighties thought I was insane for doing this detox. She couldn’t comprehend how I could not go on Facebook “at all?!” Think about that for a second. A woman who lived the majority of her life without Facebook can’t imagine why anyone would not want to be attached to it. Maybe I’m stereotyping, but I guess I thought that of any generation, theirs would be one that would appreciate the simplicity of not being constantly plugged it. It’s got us all folks.
Chores and TV are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
I noticed that when I was cleaning the house I really missed having the TV on. I’m just so used to it being on to make cleaning the house more enjoyable. I’m trying to train myself to appreciate music and podcasts just as much. It will be interesting to see if I can actually clean the house faster without the TV on since I didn’t get very far last week.
“I’m getting less reliant using the tv/video games/ internet to pass time.”
“I was able to get a *ton (yes, that’s an actual measurement of weight) of stuff done since I began the DC (cleanse) and I highly doubt I would have accomplished as much without getting rid of the distractions. if I keep this up I’ll have to start creating more items for my to-do list!
(An earlier observation) ” YouTube videos, funny memes, pictures, etc has in some ways replaced our own stories as the primary currency for sharing experiences. I think humans have an intrinsic need to share their experiences with others in order to feel more connected to those around us. I just think the way in which we do it has changed. Now our experiences are more often tied to what we read or see on the internet.”
With Week 2 in the books, my goal this week it to determine if I can quantitatively measure my productivity levels. It’s been a little ambiguous so I’m going to start timing myself. If you are doing this along with me and have a spouse (like mine) with the TV on, Chelsie from Hey There, Chelsie has a great post on Work From Home: Six Sites For Ambient Noise that really helps me tune out everything around me.
Onward Halo Chasers!