Digital Vacation

Most people who know me are surprised to hear that i dont get a cell phone when i travel in Europe.  Even when i have visited for months, i dropped this technology which you typically see me use several times in an hour when i am in the Untied Snakes.  It certainly is not that Europe has a superior public access phone system, in fact these systems are not especially handy in many west European countries and even more frustrating in the east (outside of transit hubs and other dense places).

I have been pondering what a more complete digital holiday would look like.  A week or perhaps a month without phone or internet or computer.  How would my experience of reality change. I am in the somewhat luxurious place of being able to design my life this way, that i could with some months of planning, drop out for a month and fast off the information super highway flood.  Will my dreams be richer?  My conversation more intentional?  My presence more focused?  Who knows, but in an increasingly technophilic age it seems wise to step back from the network spectacle and just be with yourself for a bit.

unplug and be

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

6 responses to “Digital Vacation”

  1. kelsey says :

    Three cheers from my non-cell-phone life in Africa. Though I am rare here, even among Africans. I applaud the unplugging, though I do use the computer a lot…

    Please keep writing. But do occasionally indulge in a digital vacation, even if just for scientific research.

    Love from Tanzania.

  2. robino says :

    Paxus, everyday I am without internet or a computer in general is a blessing. Sure I love getting back online, do stuff, read what’s going on outside of my own world, but if you really ask me, why would I?

    I had another 4 days last week without computer nor internet. Beautiful! I use pen and paper to write and have books to read. I use the time for conscious breathing and walking and just going about. I sleep better and dream nicer, I am more awake in general.

    I am not dogmatically anti-technology but I do see that the more technology we use, the more enslaved we are 🙂

    “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.” — Thoreau

  3. Sara Tansey says :

    we should do this together in amsterdam. at least i would like that. and its true that you drop the cellphone, but i seem to remember many g-chat enabled phone calls from you while you were in europe recently. not that i’m complaining, but just to remind you. 🙂

  4. paxus says :

    @ Sara = certainly true. Busted.

  5. ~A. says :

    As an artist, I do this often…I just say I’m incommunicado. ~A.

  6. Abigail says :

    Id miss you.

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