Shutdown Day: Acknowledging Computer Dependency

Shutdown DayThere is no denying we are dependent on technology. One would argue we are certified addicts. In some ways we could argue our computers are simply tools, much like a pencil, and no one would say you have a pencil addiction (maybe a G2 pen addiction or something). But our addiction to computers at times engages us in a number of negative activities and uses of our time.

I am computer dependent. I know I’ve mentioned this before on the blog and I’ve mentioned things I’m trying to do to be more intentional with my time and how I use computers. For example, now I write/ready most of my posts for this blog on the weekend. I have my wife put a password on my computer and then I have to tell her what I’m doing and how much time it will take before she unlocks it for me. This really helps me be more intentional with how I spend my time, rather then taking on new projects at the spur of the moment (or at 10pm at night). I try and limit the amount of times I check my email and google reader (unfortunately I often use my email as a ToDo list and reference it frequently). I’m still making changes, and progress, and I’m still thinking through how to utilize my time and my use of the computer.

So, this Saturday I will turn off my computer. I’ll need to prepare for it. Check my calender and print off any reference info I’ll need (soccer schedule, etc). But, I think overall it will be a good thing. I’ve certainly gone days without computer use at times and it’s not a huge deal, but it’s an important step to recognize our dependence on technology, and consider its implications.

Those are my brief thoughts, anyone want to join me?

3 thoughts on “Shutdown Day: Acknowledging Computer Dependency”

  1. It’s interesting that they made Shutdown day a Saturday, instead of a week-day. Things would really get crazy if shut-down day was during the week.

  2. That sounds like a good idea Ariah. I’m gonna look into my computer use and see how to regulate it. David was just joking with me the other day about how we are addicted to checking our email…

  3. Zach,
    That would be interesting. What if it caught on, and similar to take your daughter to work day, people actually did it and companies were accepting and accommodating.

    Joel,
    Yeah, regulating this stuff is a good idea. Let me know what you come up with.

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