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Upcoming Experiment: No Electronics for One Week in December: No TV, No Computer/Internet, No Games, No Cellphones

I am thinking of going without computers for one week: no checking or writing email, no surfing or anything for fun, or any work even. NO computers. And maybe also add no TV for one week. No computers and no TV for one week. I will have to do this during December or January as an experiment. See what happens. Perhaps the week of Christmas, maybe the first week of January.

Not only find out will I miss anything vital (maybe I will, but I am sure I will live). But also to see if my thinking processes change...see how the electronic world messes with our minds. One week may not be enough, but it will be interesting. Anyone else up for the challenge? No email, no TV, no video games, no cell phone, no ebooks, etc. for 1 week. How have our minds been affected? Could YOU do it?

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It is very interesting. I of

It is very interesting. I of course grew up with TV since infancy, but the rest only came as an adult, over the last 10-15 years. I have been without such things a couple of times over the last 10-15 years, but never longer than a day or two. Never anything close to a week. But I noticed even after only 1-2 days my mind felt different. Like being a sugar addict, and being denied sugar. It drives you nuts for about 3 days. Then you start calming down and things appear differently...

So far I have gotten a few responses and all were negative. Some were jocular (what? give up my game for a WEEK? haha, no way). Some were plain old, my job requires it, I couldn't do it. Others edged into a kind of panic...

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No I can't believe me. I

No I can't believe me. I can't. Unless I go in one of the world poorest countries and be there for a while. I like watching the news every single day, 24/7 and 365/a year. I like watching documentaries, sports and much more. I have also been a suger addict and I use less sugar now. I wish you the best of luck.

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I like it too. I watch TV

I like it too. I watch TV all the time...like you, news, documentaries, movies. I am glued to the Internet and email. I am still a sugar addict. I don't know that I can do it. But I am curious to see what it will be like. I want to know just how badly I am addicted.

I did live for four months in Nigeria in 1996, and even stayed in one of the small villages there, Ara. but even there was TV and I watched it (mainly national news of Nigeria, football/soccer matches, and old US series from the 1970s -I remember seeing an episode of "Dallas", the one "who shot JR?" 

I am just curious to see how much my mind is not my own. 

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I like that:-)

I like that:-)

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Sounds like a real challenge!

I am very addicted to the news.  I downloaded Livestation so now I have Al Jazeera English which I enjoy and PressTV and NASA and RussianTV.  AND Livestation has chatrooms . . . I never thought I would enter a chat room but it is really fun to talk about the news reports while watching.

Anyway, I'm addicted to the news, documentaries and movies, too.

Plus sugar (my doctor is quite worried about me).

I feel really anxious now as if I might miss something.   I think I would like to try too, Lance.  If I say I'm going to take a break from everything for awhile my family will just laugh.  If I say , my friend Lance is doing this, so I am too, and explain your reasoning maybe I could make it would work.


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ps on the sugar addiction

My therapist told me I needed sugar because I wasn't finding sweet things to do for myself. I need to find the sweetness in life, then I wouldn't need so much sugar.

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full moon

You picked a good week to go computerless -- the moon is full. We always spend the holidays at our cabin in northern Wisconsin -- off grid. We've got gas lights and a crank radio and a some nice bars within a few miles (it is Wisconsin after all). Since the moon is full there's enough light to spend the night skiing or walking or snowshoeing or howling at the moon. The howling part is especially gratifying -- who needs news when you got the moon?

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Vicki: But you're so sweet

Vicki: But you're so sweet already, you don't need any sugar!

Louise: Thanks for the cool ideas....AWOOOOOO!!! I'm a big moon fan...PLUS if the weather is clear, I can reacquaint myself with the constellations too!