Last year in August, I stopped writing on this blog. There were multiple reasons on why I had stopped publishing here.
In a year’s time then, I also performed a couple of other small experiments.
- 1) Facebook was reduced to a very functional-only network/tool for me, largely to get connected with new people I had to reach out to in the new country. This meant many of the people I emotionally connect with were not able to reach me on it.
- 2) I did stop writing from August onto the end of last year. In January of this year I started with an anonymous blog. The idea was to try it out for six months.
- 3) I stopped having a mobile Internet service on my Smartphone since September last year
The downtime allowed me to think why exactly am I on any network at all. And what purposes do they serve- me personally.
- 1) I use Twitter extensively for work, ideas, news and collaboration- so that I never really got out from.
- 2) Lack of Facebook increased my dependency on Whatsapp, but I still missed the community feel that Facebook is able to generate. The numbers and the ‘group’ feature makes a difference and sometimes enhances the ability to create new content, and communicate more.
- 3) The small UI on my phone ensured I deleted Whatsapp messages almost as soon as they arrived. They held no permanency, like Facebook posts do. Even though they were more personal.
- 4) I started seeing how new people use Facebook. Absence of the usual comfort circle immediately led to exposure only to the new in my timeline. Especially with my movement into a new city, I realised how new people almost seem to make all their connects through Facebook because it is just practical. It really is the new bar where you exchange numbers. I met people at the bar.
- 5) I started learning how to use maps and my lost sense of direction while finding new places. I realised I could live without a phone. In fact I often forget it at home these days
- 6) The secrecy of the blog made me feel like a geek. But I realised that the reason I enjoyed blogging (writing is different) was the interaction that came with it. I can’t do it anonymously. I would like to own up what I say. I wasn’t inspired to create more content.
- 7) Posterous died and with it many of my posts that didn’t have a back-up. Almost a wake-up call to aggregate all my online data into one place. My secret Blog has also been imported so you do see posts from 2013 from before.
Now, I feel like a disconnectivity geek. One could be artsy about everything.
Did you ever try a long term online-disconnect?