"Time slowed down. I hadn’t realized just how much time I was devoting to being online and checking my device, but it was a lot." - Eric Stover
I read up on the concept of the Tech Shabbat. It was something pioneered by Tiffany Shlain (who started the Webby Awards) It uses the same formula as the Jewish Shabbat, which goes from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. The advantages of this are that people remain connected each day of the week if they wish, that it happens at the end of the work/school week, and it’s a great way to slow down, reconnect with others, and you spend 24 hours offline. How did it work at my home? If it had a screen, it was powered down at sunset Friday and came back on at sunset Saturday. We did this last weekend, (and didn’t cheat!)
What did I notice? First, time slowed down. I hadn’t realized just how much time I was devoting to being online and checking my device, but it was a lot.
I didn’t feel disconnected. Quite the contrary, I felt more connected to the present. My family all did this, and I noticed that we spent time together that day doing chores, playing games, and enjoying each other’s company. Yes, I had to go out and buy a paper on Saturday, and I did allow myself one piece of technology, which was the AM/FM radio. So, I got any news that there was, and was able to listen to a ballgame (the way we all did that 30 years ago) but in the meantime, there was a lot of time spent with family.
I found it to be refreshing. I also felt like at the end of the 24 hours I was ready to come back online, had appreciation for it, and was much more conscious of the time I spent online, which is a lot. This is something that I could see myself doing a couple times a month, if not every week. The presenter does this every single week. In our growing 1:1 environment, I could see this as a growing concern.
Here is information on the tech Shabbat for you to see where I got the idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJyCwlgM0ME
Post Written by Eric Stover, W-SR High School, Band