Of all Europeans, the Dutch spend the most time online, by visiting an average of 3515 pages per person each month. Last summer I wanted to know what it’s like to be without Facebook and Google, so I had a period without phone or internet, a digital detox as they call it. That had some interesting results: I slept more deeply, maybe because I didn’t sit behind a bright screen before jumping in bed, I tended to be on time more for appointments, and some more results as you can see in this video.
But that was only 10 days. And that was summer time, where you could entertain yourself easily just by lying in the sun. I decided to take things to the next level and go without phone and computer for 30 days, starting this wednesday, december the 11th.
I will do my regular work as a journalist and so write my articles by hand. I will meet friends by just ringing their door bell and hope they are home. If I don’t know where I need to be, Ill have to ask for directions instead of grabbing my Iphone. I won’t be able to check the news every half hour, but maybe people will tell me about it. Let’s see.
But I also thought of a special prehistoric task for this month. In the Paleolithic era we didn’t connect online, but we did have spoken language and cave wall paintings. I assume knowledge and stories were shared verbally and by the help of these paintings were passed on to the next generations. So I decided to do something similar. I will go to my family members and collect the most important stories of the family. My father has 10 siblings and my mother 7, so I will need the time… I won’t record what I hear or write it down in words – instead I will make drawings in order to remember the stories. I will select the 7 best ones to keep those for the next generations of the family.
How will I keep you up to date
I will ask people that I meet to write a tweet about what’s happening. Also, I’ll publish a post on how to tell a good story, as a results of this workshop story telling that I did. So if you like, you can collect your own family stories (this Christmas?) and share them later.
I won’t be able to talk to you until de 10th of January, so I wish you all a happy Christmas time and a great New Year!