You may remember my mini-series on using social media in a positive way. I had read a post by Ima 2 Seven where she discussed a thought-provoking article about a social media mommy making the decision to cut the internet out of her home. The whole online discussion prompted me to think about my relationship with the internet.
One of the things I’ve implemented since doing those posts is a daily no-internet time zone. Though I haven’t always succeeded in keeping to the schedule, the times when I have stuck to it, I noticed a marked upswing in my productivity, both mental and physical. I found other ways to unwind, like reading a book, or watching my kids play (what a concept!). I found myself less drawn to the computer, and it easier to walk away when I’m finished with whatever it is I’m doing.
When I shared my positive outcomes with Margalit Hoffman, who wrote the initial article on MavenMall, she introduced me to DaytoDisconnect.com. This campaign, sponsored by Ohr Naava, asks people to register to disconnect for an hour or more on Sunday, October 2nd, Tzom Gedaliah. That hour can be spent reconnecting with people in your life face-to-face, davening, listening to music, or whatever you feel moved to do. The only stipulation is that it’s not online or through texting.
This idea appealed to me so much that I signed up for the whole day.
Obviously that isn’t practical for everyone (possibly even myself), but it seems like a very worthwhile goal for the fast day during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. Just saying.
I will leave off with a video which I found very moving: