Detox from your computer?

by Sasha on March 24, 2011

I have a funny story. Well it was not so funny at the time, it was actually very frustrating. I somehow happened to get a horrible virus on my computer this week. Not sure where it came from, however I new the instant that I got it that it was a bad one. When you see a HUGE waring sign on your screen and you can’t get it off no matter what you do…it’s bad. It attached itself and caused havoc!! That is why you have not seen any posts,tweets or comments from me in the last couple of days. I was on a forced detox from my computer for a couple of days and it got me thinking. Don’t worry everything is cleared up and we are up and running again. The computer did have to go in for a repair for a couple of days.

However the interesting thing about this is that, yes it was very frustrating, but I think this event served a purpose. After the initial frustration had eased and I realized that my husband or I could not fix it, we just dealt with no computer. Has this ever happened to you? At first I missed it a lot. Then I really and truly realized how much time I spend on it and how connected I am to the people on it. When it was gone I somehow had a lot of time. Don’t get me wrong. I love using the computer and blogging. However this new found time that I had was very useful. I got to read some interesting articles that I had around the house, I got to study a little and I got to create a lot more things in the kitchen.

So what have I learned? I have learned that yes we detox our body from toxins, but do we detox ourselves from technology enough? Do we allow ourselves to turn away from the “on button” and just relax and be? I think I am going to try to incorporate more of this down time each day. It is actually ironic that the article I was reading last night included a little bit of information on detoxing from our homes and part of it was about our computers, TVs and gadgets and the EM fields in our homes and what we can do to help reduce their effects in our life.

What about you, have you or will you be detoxing from any of your gadgets? Do you have a set amount of time that you use your computer? It would be really interesting to share and see how much time we use technology and what it feels like to disconnect for a while. I would love to hear what your opinions are?

This week try setting a computer free zone. Or a no gadget zone for a couple of hours and see how you feel?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stefanie March 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I totally agree that we need to detox from technology! 🙂

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rawkinmom March 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I spend so much time on the computer that my husband says its like my full time job!!! I need to get off of the computer and spend more time in "real life!" LOL

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Erin March 25, 2011 at 2:13 am

This happened to me as well. Actually my little blessings here at home were on the computer and well, I am not entirely sure what they did, but yes, we had the huge warning as well, and nothing we did could save it. Off to the repair shop we went! It was refreshing to have a break. It can become overly consuming for some people. It can become addictive and it can easily take over! I agree completely that we need to detox from technology! Well said sister! I do enjoy my blogging as you said, but down time is needed. A balance must exist!

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Sasha March 25, 2011 at 4:01 am

Love all of these comments. I just got an email about people needing "facebook" therapy. Funny, but it is true. I think I may adapt a computer free time each day.

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shannonmarie March 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I've done a number like that on this computer. As a result, I'm not allowed to touch my hubby's laptop or our other computer. I guess I can't blame him. Lucky for me, my husband works on computers for a living and was able to fix it, but it wasn't easy.

I try to detox myself from technology from time to time, too. I feel that it relieves stress and anxiety. It is part of the reason I don't post as much anymore. I feel better when I take these breaks.

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Faith March 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Being a professional writer and a blogger for fun, I'm unfortunately fairly attached to my computer. I really need to start getting away from it – it starts to make my head numb after so long on it each day. Sometimes a technology detox is really necessary!

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HiHoRosie March 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

It's nice to have breaks from the computer…it is hard at times but having that time away to read or relax or just extra snuggle time helps balance it all out. Actually getting rid of internet on my phone is a nice break. I found myself way too connected that way so it's nice to not be so attached to my phone either.

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cbit March 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

yes! thats true..detox is good!..Canada Computer Shop

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