Well, not exactly an experiment. More like an accident.
But since in God’s sovereignty, there are no “real” accidents, we’ll call it the “Providential-Frying-of-the-Transistors-of-Tiana’s-Motherboard”, in which I go without a computer or internet access for two weeks.
Now, I can’t say that this has done great things for the ministry of At the Well (insert uncomfortable silence here), but it has done amazing things for my home and family. Not having the distraction of the internet to draw me away for “just a few minutes” has meant,
- happier, more well behaved children,
- a cleaner house,
- more school work accomplished,
- meals consistently on time,
- more “real” books read,
- longer, quieter, quiet-times,
- more phone conversations with “real life” friends (not that you all are not my friends…)
- happier husband,
- oh yeah…and more sleep.
It was quiet the epiphany, but it didn’t surprise me. I already knew that the temptation to spend too much time online was a real issue for me. I had a nice list of internet rules. The problem was, they weren’t working for me anymore, so I wasn’t using them.
If I’m going to avoid completely cutting myself off from cyberspace–and blogging, e-commerce, etc.–something needs to change. Drastically. The taste of being “unplugged” was just too sweet.
As I’ve talked to my mommy-friends, in hopes of getting some solid advice, I’ve discovered a couple of startling things:
- My most successful “real life” Titus 2 mentors are almost never online.
- This is a serious struggle for the rest of us who are.
The big difference seems to be one of attitude. For the first group, the internet is a tool. For the later, the internet is a place. Changing my mindset is helping to change my habits.
And so, while I don’t recommend intentionally frying the transistors on your motherboard (or dropping your smart phone in the bathtub), maybe pretending your computer is broken and spending a few days without it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
What do you think?