Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Digital Cleanse

I've always been a huge fan of John Mayer's work. If you've ever taken a road trip with me or a ride to the store, chances are you've been subjected to his music and my master plan to convert everyone to Mayerism.

More recently, I've become a fan of his blog. While browsing today, I came across this:

The One Week Digital Cleanse

Mention to anyone with computer savvy that your laptop has somehow gotten slower over recent months and they’ll ask you the same thing: “have you defragmented your hard drive?” Defragmenting works by taking small slivers of information stored in various locations and consolidating them so that they’re in the same place on the drive and thus easier to access in larger chunks. Hard drive fragmentation is a great metaphor for - if not a literal manifestation of - what’s happened to our brains over years and years of processing small bursts of information. 2009 took fragmentation to a whole new level given the rise of Twitter and the social acceptance of texting people as a substitute to making phone calls.

That’s where the one week digital cleanse comes in. I’ll be defragmenting my mental and psychological hard drive during the first seven days of the new year, and I invite you all to participate.


*email only from laptop or desktop computers

*cell phones can only be used to make calls, and no text messages or e-mails are allowed - if you receive a text, you must reply in voice over the phone. E-mails must be returned from a laptop or desktop computer.

*no use of Twitter or any other social networking site - this includes reading as well as posting.

*no visiting of any entertainment or gossip sites. (No need to detail which ones - you know what they are.)

I floated the idea last week on Twitter to see if anyone could envision themselves doing this, and the responses were interesting; some said they could definitely do it, but many were resigned to the idea, calling it impossible. If it is impossible, than my theory is already proven and we’re in big trouble as a society.

This can be done, people. Do it with me. When we pop back up on the grid on January 8, let’s trade stories on what it felt like, how hard it was, and maybe how hard it actually wasn’t.



So obviously I missed the new year resolution boat, but who cares?! Everyday is a new opportunity. With my serious addiction to blogs, text, google wave and gchat this is going to be difficult for me, but not impossible. I will begin my digital cleanse Monday, January 18th (MLK day) & bring it to a close on January 25th. I encourage you all to participate. If you receive a call in response to your text, don't judge me lol.

Who's with me?


Cocktail J said...

I got $5 against you. Let the games begin!

Cocktail J said... do you have to tell people beforehand that they can't text you? Only call? And can you tweet from a computer? I need all the details...I may be down for this challenge too.

cocktailour said...

Lol! No you can't inform anyone. That's the challenge. You have to resist the urge to text. And no tweeting from the computer either. Please re-read the rules miss! Computers can only be used for email.

Cocktail J said...

Ummm....I have $5 against me too...but lets do it anyway. I'll break even.

cocktailour said...

Bet! When I win you can give me the $10! Who else wants to challenge me?

Sandra. J said...

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Cocktail J said...

Thank you Sandra! You are now our 3rd fan! We appreciate you! Lol.