Post # 1
Or am I the only weird one?
I’m only 23 years old so I’ve never known a world without cellphones, laptops, kindle, etc…but I hate it!
I have an iPhone and a laptop which are okay but even that stresses me out. I hate having 3 different email addresses (work/school/personal). I hate having my email connected to my phone. I hate having all my pictures on a computer. I hate reading books on a screen. I hate banking online. On and on…
I feel like i was born in the wrong time. I like reading real books and reading pages. I like having scrapbooks and photo albums on my shelves rather than Facebook albums or Google Drive photo albums. Being wired and connected 24/7 just has begun to stress me beyond belief. I feel like if I look at another screen I will scream.
All my important stuff is online – contacts, research papers, recommendation letters, etc.
So I want to try and unwire myself – how do I begin? Print off all my important stuff and store it somewhere in the house? Print all my pics and put them in albums? How do I do that?
Post # 3
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There’s a happy medium. I work with social media, but I love unplugging completely. Do you really want to make a permanant change? There are websites dedicated to that…but I don’t think you need to swear something off completely to limit its influence on your life.
Post # 4
I really miss receiving handwritten letters in the mail..! And guys having to call, rather than text.. ugh!
Post # 5
I don’t want to swear it off completely, I think that’s unrealistic. But I want to stop just keeping everything saved on my computer (as they have a habit of breaking down on me).
I really want to print off all my pictures on nice photo paper and make real albums, but I’m not sure how (I have a laptop, no printer…so do I need a memory stick thing and bring it to CVS or something?) and I want to start keeping copies of all my important papers/work/school files in the house somewhere. Small steps I guess. This stuff just drives me insane.
Post # 6
@MrsCreeToBe: I have a love hate relationship with technology. It can be very convenient yet very distracting. I like the fact that I can hop onto the internet and google a question I’m unsure of and get an answer. I dislike how it’s taken over everyone’s life. I fear it’ll only get progressively worse. I miss my childhood days (I am a year older than you) where you would hear everyone outside and having fun. Now streets are just about quiet because people are staying inside more – especially kids due to video games.
I always felt the same about being born in the wrong era. I wish I lived through the 50s as a housewife. I feel like that’s where I belong or as a pre-teen/child in the 80s. Such different times, but two of my favorite.
I love reading books and not a screen. Holding an old fashioned book in my hand is the only way to go.
What sort of important things are you looking to print out?
Post # 7
I competely know what you mean! It scares me that we are becoming more and more independent on these things. I mean there have been some amazing innovations but…something about it makes me uneasy. I hate how impersonal everything is, I hate how many screens I see in a day. I do miss the early days with only house phones, before Facebook and AIM and Twitter etc..sigh.
As far as stuff I want to print out – basically I’m looking to apply to grad school in a few years and I want to keep all my papers together in one place. I can’t risk losing them in the event of a computer malfunction so I’d like to store them in my house somewhere. Just things like that really. And pictures.
Post # 8
@MrsCreeToBe: No, you’re not the only one. Though I end up getting sucked into the happy, lazy, all-knowing world of technology and the Internet, I always feel much better about myself and my day when I am able to stay away from it all as much as possible. I won’t deny that the Internet and techonology are both wonderful things when it comes to trying to find the best deal on something, or to open up your world a bit to different options for any number of things, but when it comes down to it, I’d rather be without.
I think you’re on the right track, though, as far as how to unplug yourself. Print out your documents, send your photos to Walgreens (yes, electronically, but then you get physical prints to do with as you want). I wouldn’t delete things from online, as it’s a great way to have backup copies in case something goes wrong, but not relying on those as your album would be nice.
Other than that, limit yourself. Instead of getting sucked into Netflix or Hulu (my weak spots), sit down with a book. I love reading way more than I love shows / movies, but it’s so much easier to have a show playing in the background while I do other things. But there’s no need to multitask as much as I do, so why am I so stuck on it? So I am working on picking up a book instead of hitting play, because I know that the feelings I get from reading will fuel my decisions for the rest of the day, because I like how productive and grounded and happy reading makes me feel. And yes, physical books. I’ve never been a fan of the Kindle. It’s handy, but it’s not for me.
Anyway, as you limit yourself, it’ll become increasingly easier to step away from it all. I am truly considering nixing my data plan when my phone contract is up and going with a regular phone (with Qwerty keyboard, because I know I can’t go back to the regular phone keypad for texting, but that’s my own issue there) with no Internet, no email, no Netflix or YouTube apps. When I’m in for a long wait somewhere, I’ll bring a book. It doesn’t take long to get used to not being so connected all the time, and it’s a great feeling to be away from it all. Long vacations have told me that much. 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsCreeToBe: I believe having hard copies of things of those nature is a really smart idea. I say go for it. =)
I’d purchase a photo printer and paper if you don’t already have one to have copies of pictures from the computer/posted elsewhere.
The internet is what we make it as the same with life. =) It’s not too late for us to reconsider the path we’re all going down technology road.
Post # 10
@MrsCreeToBe: I also have a love/hate relationship with being so connected. I make it a point to not have my work email sent to my iphone~only personal emails on that. I don’t mind having photos on my computer, but I do also scrapbook and print out most of them because I like having the physical pictures.
I do sometimes hate the expectation of always being available because of cell phones. I think email can be useful in some work situations because you have that electronic trail in case you need to prove something later on but at the same time, some people send excess emails and that drives me bonkers.
It has taken me a while to find a happy medium but it can be done.
Post # 11
I have a love/hate relationship with technology.
I hate having multiple email accounts for personal and school use, but I rarely send or recieve emails. I don’t like having my email synced with my phone either because it goes off constantly to let me know that I have recieved a bunch of junk. I did change the settings on my phone though so I don’t get notified for emails. I miss handwritten letters in the mail. I also love to read paper books, but I also like my Kindle too. It’s much more convenient to bring along an entire trilogy of books on the Kindle than trying to shove the books in my purse. I love texting though because I hate talking on the phone.
Post # 12
I hate technology. I think that photography has been kind of ruined. I have photos from the 80s and 90s that are so.special because it caught a moment. They are not altered at all- those are the best kind of photos. I still do darkroom photography and I really feel that something has been lost with the invent and implementation of the digital age.
Yes, print off important documents and use a file cabnet. I have one.
I went to college from 2002-2006, so it was not like I was living before the tech age or anything, but I went to school and surrounded myself with a bit of a counter culture. We had NO television (on purpose! It was thought of as really un-cool!), used the computers at the college library, and shared a home phone. I loved people just dropping by when they wanted to see me. It was a very spontaneous and wonderful time. None of us were on fb or myspace and I am SO thankful that I was in my wild days prior to soc media being quite so popular. !!!!!!!!!!! I spent a lot of time outdoors and playing games, records, instruments; camping and having campfires, hiking with friends, going fishing, taking road trips, floating the river. I am not saying you can’t do these things still, but I guess I have an association with that being a free-er time, because it coincided with my time of being free. I just hate the feeling of having to project your life onto the computer. It is not for me.