Eleanor's Cure: Thoughts on Media Fasting

Liveblogging the January Cure 2014

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I'll be straight with you: today's assignment terrified me. Technology is pretty well integrated into my daily life, and I wasn't sure how I'd handle a whole evening without it. Heck, "integrated" is an understatement: my iphone sleeps in bed next to me while it charges, and that little screen is the first thing I look at every night before I close my eyes, and every morning after my alarm rings.

I'm not entirely apologetic about this reliance on technology, either. I love being in constant contact with my friends back home through Whatsapp, the daily dose of eye candy I get from my Instagram feed, and the ability to have my main work, freelance, and personal diaries organized in one place (tomorrow: AT deadline, client meeting, yoga class, Skype date).

However, as it's only for one evening, I decided to woman up and take on the challenge. Deciding how to spend that evening was another story. Here are some of the ways I like to spend my free time in the evenings, all of which are verboten according to today's task:

  • Dinner with my flatmate in front of the TV (I'm currently watching all back seasons of The Good Wife... amazing)
  • Read... on my Kindle
  • Cook... recipes from my favorite food blogs
  • Get ahead on my AT posts (come on, you guys!)
  • Skype/FaceTime/Whatsapp with friends in other time zones (I'm an expat, give me a break!)
  • Mindlessly browse Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. (Ok, I'm beginning to see the point of this...)
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In the end, I settled for a longtime favorite hobby of mine: getting into bed ridiculously early and reading cookbooks (which incidentally, I realized I hadn't done in months... possibly this break from technology could be a good thing?). I did cheat a little and played some music on my laptop, but minus the brief visit to iTunes, I promise I behaved.

It was an interesting experiment to spend time in my flat without the distraction of technology. I noticed, not for the first time, how warm it is (not usual in London), how comfortable, and how well it supports my interests, be they online or otherwise.

I also couldn't help but notice things that bother me: the ugly lampshade on my bedside lamp and the dust behind my cookbooks that never quite gets reached during cleaning. Still, I suppose the Cure is the time to notice these things!

How was your media fast?

MORE OF ELEANOR'S JANUARY CURE:

  • Eleanor's Cure: Big Changes Afoot (Day 1)
  • Eleanor's Cure Project: The Little Thing That Makes a Big Difference (Day 5)
  • Eleanor's Cure: Kitchen Cleanup (Day 7)
  • Eleanor's Cure: A Crash Landing, Averted (Day 9)
  • (Image credits: Eleanor Busing)

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