Earlier today Spencer Fry posted about the challenge of disconnecting from the internet in his article Disconnecting from the Internet is Impossible, I lovingly disagree.
With everything set up for you to take time away from the internet, and you expecting your days to be filled with sailing and conversation, it would seem that there would be nothing to worry about other than keeping your ship afloat.
Sadly, most of us have forgotten how to be alone with ourselves. Maybe you knew this disconnect was doomed before you set sail, but for the sake of discussion, let’s assume not.
TL;DR Leave your phone below deck, grab that old film camera and a few rolls of whatever, bring a book made of paper, a few pens or pencils and a notepad, and get to know yourself again.
Check in on Paper
Write about your experience as it happens. At night in your bunk, instead of looking at photos of what your co-worker ate or replying to that tweet, take time to reflect on your day and then post about it when you return.
Capture a Photo on Faith
Film has, for the most part, become a novelty and a chance most are unwilling to take; but hell, you are on a boat so let’s be novel. Speaking earnestly, you would get even more internet money by taking an Instagram photo of your film photo and be able to tag it with ‘nofilter’.
A Lull in Conversation is a Good Thing
It seems like here we should want for those meditative thoughts, those moments of reflection. Perhaps it’s time to reflect on a single word: self-control. Why stare into a tiny little screen to see who is buying who, what tween role model is ‘twerking’ for charity, or that gif on reddit where yet another unsuspecting cat walks into a saran-wrapped doorway? You are in a location where no one will look at you cross for just staring off into the ocean or just jotting a few gems that just appeared in your stream of consciousness.
The internet is a drug — a powerful one, a magical one, whose power outweighs all others that you will try.
A More Obvious Solution to this ‘Impossible’ Task
Learn to disconnect through self-control if you truly want to disconnect, but never say you cannot. We choose to connect socially through digital means and we can choose to connect in other ways.
We are social beings, of that point I fully agree. Just don’t forget about yourself.