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Hello, again! I’m back online for today, and I have to tell you, I haven’t missed being online one bit. Granted, it’s only been 8 days, but not engaging with technology for those 8 days (aside from some essential and semi-essential text messages) has opened up spaces in my mind I never knew existed. It feels so freeing.
Catching back up online for the day has been a bit of a pain. I had 60 emails to sort through. In what would have taken minutes spread out over several days, has taken a chunk of time today.
Throughout the week, I had been keeping a list of things that I would need to check online when I got back to it (Sleep Styler tips, driving directions to various places, GoodReads, etc) and that took some time too, but overall I liked doing that better than checking the internet and using the computer everyday.
It created computer use with intention, rather than just random usage.
However, this week of limited technology did end up costing me $1.80. See, I usually get updates about when my library books are coming due through email. Since I didn’t check email, I didn’t realize that I had a library book that was overdue. It accrued fines, 30 cents a day, for 6 days. Oh, well, I guess that was the price I had to pay for this.
During the week I read this book called Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, which was basically about numbing ourselves through TV. It was written 30 years ago, but couldn’t be more relevant today. I loved it.
So, all of that being said, my happiness rating for this month is:
I’m happy. And, like I said before, I don’t think I’ll ever rate a month a 5.0 because that is just the type of person that I am, so a 4.5 is probably the top rating you’ll ever see from me.
Life is good.
I’m going to keep figuring out this balance between technology and not using technology, and make it work for me. I think I’ll aim for engaging with it one day a week, at least through the end of the summer, maybe for the rest of my life.
How is your summer going?