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Time to Unplug?

By Eddie Talbot

I have recently (very luckily) been spending a good amount  of time at the camp. It has forced me to notice how much we depend on technology. Although my camp is a great place in the middle of the woods, there is no internet or landline phone service. (It DOES have electricity and indoor plumbing though).

It’s not entirely cut off —  there is cell phone service, but only on the original AT&T Edge network. This is handy for checking weather but not too efficient if you want to surf.

My time there has encouraged me to unplug and look for other, non-digitally-driven things to do. Which in turn made me realize that back in civilization on a normal day, I spend most of my time at a computer, go home, eat, do some household chores and return right back to my place in front of the computer.

At first, the lack of technology was noticeable and irritating; I wanted the instant access to look up a recipe, or just kill time at my favorite websites. Instead I made do with other things like mowing the lawn, catching a fish in the creek, even fitting in a small nap. The next thing I knew the day was gone and I had not checked or looked up anything on the phone. I even used a flashlight instead of my phone to see at night. And it didn’t even hurt. In other words, I felt….productive.

I didn’t really take full notice until I returned to civilization. Once home, I unpacked and got right back on the computer. And while I was keeping up with the latest on the internet, not much was getting done around the house. Now that I had instant access to my digital life back, I didn’t feel as productive (at home at least).

Hopefully this doesn’t sound too campy. This was, for me, a reminder that taking the time to unplug can be productive and that we all need to find a balance that is right for us.