31 Dec John Mayer Calls for a Digital Cleanse to Bring in the New Year
When was the last time you corresponded via a personalized letter? Remember when you actually had to pick up the phone and call someone? With texting, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail replacing everyday communication, the New Year may be a time to take a step back from all of today’s technology and remember that you can’t always express yourself in 140 characters.
Yesterday, John Mayer urged his Twitter followers to take part in a New Year’s Digital Cleanse in an effort to “defrag” our technologically overloaded minds. Mayer suggests a one-week cleanse, beginning January 1st and ending on January 8th, which doesn’t require you to completely remove technology from your life, only take a step back. Here’s the recipe:
- 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.
- no use of Twitter or any other social networking site – including reading as well as posting.
- no visiting of any entertainment or gossip sites.
Following these guidelines should be manageable for even the most connected individuals. Work commitments may prevent you from participating in the cleanse, but it is still refreshing to think about how far communication has come, even just over the last year.