Monday, October 7, 2013
Nora and I spent last week watching the 1900 House and Frontier House on YouTube. We've since moved on to The Victorian Farm (all BBC or PBS true reality shows). She's incredibly into them, which cracks us up a bit. But watching them I was struck by a few things said by those on them. First, that they used to think they understood the term busy. Secondly a teenager, after going back to her normal life, commented that she was now bored so easily because there really wasn't much to do.
Our first winter here we spent a lot of time in candlelight, watching movies, cooking, baking, and playing board games. We didn't have smart phones. We didn't watch a lot of t.v. And I hadn't quite discovered so many awesome websites. It was cozy.
Four years later we both realized we rely too much on the internet. Between reading websites and blogs to social media to watching t.v. online it can take up too much time. We don't have enough time to read, play games, clean/organize, or just relax.
So for 1 month we're doing an experiment of sorts. For all intents and purposes, we're giving up the internet. There will be exceptions to that. I am going to blog about our experience once a week (usually Sunday). I will still be posting photos of Nora to facebook for the grandparents (so I don't get phone calls asking why they haven't seen any photos in 2 days!), but not looking at anything on social media. We will still use the internet as a resource if we need to look up a recipe or how to do a task around the house, as well as checking e-mail once or twice a day. And once a week we'll technically be using the internet to catch up on 1 show we both like as well as having our Friday night movie night through Netflix.
But otherwise, no Pinterest, no Facebook, no Instagram, no blogs, news sites, comedy sites, etc. No distracting ourselves from life with a pretty screen. My hope is that we become less dependent on these things and more intentional about working hard and enjoying life. That we will read more, play more board games, and connect a little better, both with each other and friends. Because honestly, it's so easy to feel disconnected in this modern age, wouldn't you agree?
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