Photo by Chris Phan

Photo by Chris Phan

Mark Glaser, a contributor to PBS MediaShift, wrote something a while back about taking a Technology Sabbath and it’s stuck with me:

“Lately, I’ve been experimenting with taking one day each week away from work completely. You might think this would be an easy task as there’s a “weekend” each week that allegedly offers up two full days of rest. And yet, as I work at home, the shiny big screen of the iMac beckons at all hours, and I am often in front of its white glow the first thing every morning and the last thing at night.
So, being that I am Jewish — though not very religious — I decided to shut down the computer each Friday night at sunset until Saturday at sunset, the traditional time of the Jewish Sabbath. I make exceptions when I need to get directions or check for a personal email. I still use my cell phone but try to limit it to personal calls only. While this day of technological rest can be a difficult routine, it has allowed me to stretch my time, spend more hours outside and be with people more in face-to-face settings…”
During the last week or two my husband has been saying things like “you’re glued to your computer 24/7.” And while out for breakfast with our neighbor I asked a question that had already been answered. Jokingly my neighbor said, “you must have been on your phone when I answered.” Eeeek! Enough!! Mark is right, even if it’s a bit difficult at first the benefits of unplugging are worth it!
So, as soon as I set this post to auto deliver, I’m powering down. I hope to be at the Farmers Market, taking a walk with my honey or having a coffee with friends about the time you’re reading this.
So what do you say, want to join me in a technology Sabbath?