We are inviting you to a 30 day Digital Media Fast. We’re suggesting you take 30 days to self-observe what happens in you, your relationships, your family, and maybe even your children. What happens when you intentionally reduce the noise, the distractions, the notifications, the constant buzzing in your pocket?
In the month of May we want you to let your nervous system detox. As we turn our attention from distractions, we want to guide you with some things to intentionally pay attention to.
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:37
- Make your smartphone a dumb phone. Consider moving anything off your phone that can be accomplished on a computer.
- Think in terms of Distraction vs. Utility.
- Examples of distraction: email, social media, news apps, games, a web browser, YouTube/video apps, Amazon/shopping.
- Examples of utility: phone, text, calendar, airline apps, building/garage access, camera, weather
- Additionally eliminate all other screens for personal use.
- Examples: gaming devices, streaming services, cable television, etc.
- Limit digital technology to only work apps, during work hours, on a desktop or laptop computer. Be committed to no work outside of work hours.
- Move anything off your phone that can be accomplished on a computer as noted in the full digital media fast option.
- For all other entertainment technology, consider fasting all but certain days of the week.
- For Example: Nothing Sunday through Friday, only use for limited time on the weekend of your choosing.
“There are two motivations for taking a 30-day break. The first is to detox from the compulsive urge to tap a screen at the slightest hint of boredom. It’s difficult to think clearly about your digital life while you still feel an addictive pull to its algorithmically optimized charms. The second purpose to this long duration, however, is arguably more important: to get back in touch with what you actually value. The alluring noise emanating from our screens provides an easy distraction from the bigger questions about what really matters; what we want to do with limited time here on earth. This month-long reprieve provides the space needed to revisit these questions, and through both self-reflection and experimentation, form some tentative answers.”
Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World