Friday, June 04, 2010


My friend Julie has the most awesome coworkers in the entire world. I used to tell her to ask her boss if I could come be their overpaid admin or anything else in their office just so I could work there with them. They regularly have these wonderful conversations in their office and the other day discussed going Unplugged for an entire week.

They talked of the time they waste reading blogs or generally messing around of the internet, the amount of time spent on Facebook or Twitter, watching useless TV programs, cartoons used to babysit their kids and video games used to babysit their husbands. They went home that day with the decision to officially unplug from June 6th - 12th which means:

No TV.

No movies.

No video games (console or handheld).

No social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

No reading of blogs.

No writing of blogs.

No online gaming.

No watching TV or movies online.

No internet except one news site of your choice.

No using the internet or internet/gaming/social media apps on your phone.

No surfing the internet at work.

If someone in your household is watching TV, choose to go to another room and do something different.

No going out (bar, restaurant, people’s homes) for the purpose of watching TV.

Music (radio, cable music channels, iPods, CDs) are okay.

Reader devices (E-Reader and Kindles) are okay.

DVR-ing what you missed during the UNPLUGGED week is okay.

What do you think? Could you Unplug for an entire week? Do you think your spouse would Unplug with you? Julie got a 2 day commitment from her husband and her coworkers didn't get much better from their families. I personally don't know if I could do it. I'm definitely more unplugged now than I used to be, but don't know that I can do more (I also do not have an internet phone so I'm already more unplugged than most of my friends out there). What do you think?


  1. John the HusbandJun 5, 2010, 1:37:00 AM

    Can I still read books and play guitar? I could probably last a week.

  2. I could NEVER do it, but I do think it's a good idea. I watch tv every minute I'm awake and in the house and I'm on the internet all day while I work and when I get home. No way could I last more than a day! But I do try to remind myself that I don't NEED to be doing this stuff as much and I need to try to relax more. If I've been on the computer for awhile, I ask myself if I can live without being on more and the answer is usually yes and I turn it off.

  3. Great idea! I would like to *think* I could do it but I'm sure I'd cave. I hate being out of the loop and then stress having to catch up when I am. Good luck Julie! Does she have a blog?

  4. Alyssa - she does. Click her name up top on my post and it'll take you to her. She's an amazing cook!


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