I’m not new in trying a screen sabbath. Many influential thinkers advise a break from our constant connection to devices and the news stream.
I recently enjoyed Pico Iyer’s new one-sitting book, The Art of Stillness. In it, he quotes Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine:
I continue to keep the cornucopia of technology at arm’s length, so that I can more easily remember who I am.
There are many things I enjoy about immediate access to social media and the internet; I believe it can magnify our human connection and facilitate non-digital connections.
But I also want to value and prioritize the opportunities to interact with the world, screen-free. So for a while I’ll be experimenting with a 9pm Saturday-9pm Sunday screen sabbath; I’ll let you know how it goes and won’t be pedantic – I’m pursuing the spirit of the action, not a hard and fast rule.
In the meantime, I’ll see you offline.