Could you live without the Internet on Sept. 2?
I have a little boy who stumps me all the time with questions like, "If Pluto is now a dwarf planet why isn't it still a planet-planet?" or "How many miles is it across the country?" or any number of endless ENDLESS questions that little boys and girls typically pester their parents with. These are often knowable answers but I personally don't know off the top of my head so I will sheepishly admit I started keeping my iPhone handy at dinnertime so I wouldn't have to say, "I don't know," yet again and we could move on to another topic.
This was the first thing that came to mind for me when I read about The Reconnect Project that hopes to get us to take one day to step away from the computer and create something, or simply "engage in reality."
What is this reality you speak of? How fast will it upload?
Their promotional video, that you can see here, invites you to,"Paint, sing, write, film, photograph," under the premise that the art of "creating" is in danger because of the amount of retweeting and reposting we do.
Those who participate are asked to log on again Sept. 3, and upload images and files of the creative things they did offline for others to see on the Reconnect Project’s Facebook page.
A lof mental health experts do suggest we unplug more often and even take email vacations. But do you think there's value to taking a one-day Internet fast and going outside? Could you do it?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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