So, yesterday the CC offices were having trubz with the internet (Thanks, Time Warner!). Today we actually had no internet and after waiting a couple of hours were promptly sent home to work.
I am sure you can imagine those two hours without access to blogs and social media resulted in an office, Hunger Games-like, killing spree in which we scalped and maimed each other for entertainment because the internet has become society’s #1 source of leisure and comfort.
There’s no point in ranting on how we’ve become “too reliant” on technology. I don’t necessarily believe that because humans have always created and advanced technology as a means of survival, evolving and adapting to the changing environment. It’s why we as a species have survived some pretty catastrophic events, and yes, it’s also why we’ve created many as well. With great power comes great responsibility, Spiderman!
It’s never surprising to me that when there is blackout or storm and people lose power/electricity (aside from those who are negatively effected by such events), most people recall those times as some of the best. Suddenly when people aren’t distracted or “too busy,” and have to interact with each other real memories are made. You get together, talk for hours, play games and interact. You know what, though? You don’t need to have natural disaster to have natural disaster like fun.
Here’s how to enjoy a day of unplugging from the net.
1.) This will sound lame to some of you but reading is fundamental. It doesn’t have to be Proust, it can be Twilight or something fun and quick. How often do you give yourself the chance to sit and read beyond when you are commuting? Snuggle up with a blanky, grab some tea and go on an intellectual spa. Meditate, write—with your hands, do arts and crafts like painting or drawing. Do something that will take your mind off of the grind and Twitter but still do something that will get your neurons firing.
2.) Invite friends over and have a game night. I realize this also sounds lame. Nothing a little tequila can’t fix. Hey, it’s not what you’re doing, it’s who you’re doing it with. I’ve had all the elements of a good night: good food, drink, perfect ambiance, and have still had ZERO FUN because I wasn’t with the right people. Play something like Taboo or Apples to Apples where you have to interact with each other but can still be competitive. You’ll get to learn more about your friends and how they think.
3.) Go. Outside. Maybe this is a city thing, but I don’t experience the great outdoors as much as I’d like. During summer I’ll walk anywhere in the city but that’s not what I’m talking about. I mean, when was the last time you (or I) went to the park with a big group of friends and ran around like little kids? I long for the days of freeze tag and hide and seek. I just want to play kick ball with some grownups! Get organized and play a sport or engage in a physical activity. Get those endorphins flowing and communities schmoozing.
These are just my tips for navigating the no-net world. Leave your suggestions in the comments.