Reflections on the Digital Sabbath


  • GNU/Linux Admin

    What is the Digital Sabbath? The premise is simple: To go without digital media for a whole day as a form of rest. The challenge then, is to go without digital technology one day a week for three months. How did I do, and what did I learn? Perhaps this is something you might want to take advantage of in your own life.

    Just a heads up — today's blog post does not contain any technical write-ups or explanations, nor does it really related to NodeBB in any way, shape, or form. Journey onwards if you want to read my incoherent ramblings about technology &ndash or lack thereof.

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    Spot on Julian. You have discovered something many have known for decades but lacked the discipline and/or capability to practice in ever increasingly hectic world full of deadlines, phb demands, etc. Be interesting case study to observe uptake now that it has a cool name. Seriously.

    I shall echo your sentiments wholeheartedly. Wanna really bend yer' noodle? Go smart phone free for a few days. Then a week.... Semi retired here and not carried one for a few years now. Very liberating to be free and I have had more than a few confide that they envy me. Having recouped more time you now have time to make plans, think creatively, etc.

    It has long been a personal mantra of mine to read some print material regularly. Internet only tends to make one's concentration a bit too hyper after a period. Yer' brain needs longer articles and chapter books. 👍

    Try it. You might like it.


  • GNU/Linux Admin

    Thanks @gotwf, nice to hear my thoughts echoed back.

    I've been chasing this for some time now, with limited success. It all started when I went camping a couple hours north of Toronto, and didn't have any cell signal.

    To my surprise, I had the most relaxing vacation I'd had in many years, simply because I was no longer connected to my work, emails, any responsibilities whatsoever. It was so liberating to plan only as far ahead as "what should I eat tonight", and "what should I do right now" 😁

    Unfortunately, nowadays there is cell signal (or wifi) available everywhere, so it's much harder to achieve this organically


  • Community Rep

    @julian said in Reflections on the Digital Sabbath:

    Thanks @gotwf, nice to hear my thoughts echoed back.

    I've been chasing this for some time now, with limited success. It all started when I went camping a couple hours north of Toronto, and didn't have any cell signal.

    Interesting you should mention camping. One of the best ways to get started/test drive this, as it boosts self discipline. Be prepared for some dopamine withdrawal though. A few years back we hosted an exchange student from Italy who was accustomed to having high speed wi-fi available everywhere. Took him on a few camping trips. You could visibly see the tension and anxiety build hour by hour away from wifi to the point of him becoming physically ill. Had to shorten a three day backpacking trip to two days. Ten miles in, ten miles out, and no time to just enjoy the spectacular views. 🏔


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