40 thoughts on “The 24-hour challenge: Can you do it?

  1. I was forced to go offline when I lost my old laptop, and looking at phone every 15 seconds was becoming irritating actually. So I stopped. And now it has become a habit to not bother about all this stuff for hours together, and get to it when I have the time. I haven’t tried this for 24 hours yet. Might do it soon.

  2. The only motivation I need to go off my phone for a really long time is when I’ve had a fight with my best friend, or when I want to write down a blog post and can’t handle the distractions!
    I had been off Facebook and Twitter for almost two months while prepping for my Boards.. and to be honest, I hardly felt the need to go back there and read all the posts shared by my friends! The only thing I missed was the interaction with all you bloggers.. I reactivated Facebook the moment I finished boards! 😀

    And yes, the Internet Monster gulps away all our time.. time which we could have spent fruitfully.. time which we could have spent talking to friends and watching them smile, in person! 🙂

  3. This sounds like a great idea, Shailaja. I want to try, but my sister, who lives in the US will miss me a lot. Perhaps, I should try this when I visit her this June. It will be a great chance for me to spend more time with my sister, and nephew.

    By the way, I loved all the that you did when you chose to go offline. Finishing a book in three hours is such a lovely thing. Which book did you read?

  4. Just my take on this: I’ve personally never thought of going offline esp if it adds the inconvenience of doing without something that’s become a habit. I’ve been addicted to Twitter and have hated it in different phases and I’ve felt OK with it. I think it doesn’t bother me also because a lot of my work related stuff happens online, some of the much needed socialising happens online (since I work independently and have no colleagues) and I pretty much like having internet access and accessing the Internet and whenever I like 🙂

    1. That sounds perfectly fine to me then Suman 🙂 As long as it doesn’t impinge on your personal space and you’re comfortable with it, that’s what matters. Ultimately you should do what makes you happy 🙂 All my work-related stuff happens online too but I need some time to myself and my family at least on the weekends, I find.

      1. I agree about personal time. I am a lot less active on Twitter and Whatsapp on weekends when my spouse is at home. Other times, he travels quite a bit and the online world keeps me company and sane! 🙂 So, yeah! This works for me.

        1. Ditto on the spouse traveling during the week. I am hardly on whatsapp, mostly for work actually. The online world is fine if it can help keep you sane. Yes. 🙂

  5. Shailaja I love the part where you describe awe and disdain because it is so true. Awe for addicts and disdain for rest.

    I think I will take on this challenge once blogchatter reaches somewhere. Mental note right away 🙂

  6. Great attempt Shaliaja! Have to stay away from the net when I am away from home & wifi connection 🙂
    But have managed to stay away from my FB account all these years!

  7. I will take up this challenge, but on a day I take an off from work. When office is there, accessing the net is a given. 🙂

    But even I “had” to stay off internet, pc, television when my part of the city went on a major power outage for almost a day and a half. I read two books, rearranged my bookshelf, spent time with my sister, exercised, listened to music and a lot of things I usually don’t do because I’m on social networks or internet etc. 🙂

    1. This has to be voluntary, staying offline, not forced by a power cut, although that obviously helps 🙂 I was at home for the most part of the day and resolutely stayed offline. For me, that was the cool part of the challenge. 🙂

  8. This is interesting. I go internet very often when I travel. On weekends many times I switch off the FB/Twitter/insta but haven’t gone completely internetless by intention at home. Hmmm.. Thinking if I should try it 🙂

    1. I know what you mean. “Internetless by intention” is such a lovely phrase! I just find more time to be with myself than anything else. I love my time with family, but I adore my me-time and it should be without gadgets 🙂

  9. Oh yes, I’ve done it on multiple occasions. *shameless bragging* There was a time when I didn’t log in for a week when on vacation. Wow! That felt awesome. These days, I would not be able to go a week without checking my email. But my presence on social media is really sporadic during weekends except for my work commitments on Saturday. I guess all of us who are attached to our gadgets do need to this off and on.

    1. Yes, you and Vidya are expert at this. Us mortals have to strive 😉 I am actually working on this angle for the memoir also so this was a good way to experiment and find out if it would work. Glad it did and I didn’t have any withdrawal pangs/symptoms. Now to do it more often 🙂

  10. 2 months ago, this would have been a challenge. Not anymore. I didn’t turn on the laptop over the weekend too. I am thankfully no longer anxious to receive messages. So, breathing easier now.

  11. Good going Shailaja :)! Especially over the weekend, when time spent with family should be the priority, this sounds like a great challenge to take up. I go through these stages when everything online feels staged and petty, and I take a breather anyway thanks to that.

    1. Everything online IS staged and petty 😉 Don’t tell yourself otherwise. I had this very wise sounding status I wanted to put up and you’ve reminded me about it 😀

      As for you, I think you handle social media admirably well, so if YOU need this then imagine how much more I do 😉

  12. Nowadays I am not online as much as I used to be. I am hardly checking on my phone. It is not a challenge or anything, but it just happens that I am spending less time on the internet. I haven’t given much thought about how this is affecting me, that is whether I feel good or bad about it. I feel fine and I think that it is okay. 🙂 Glad to know that you deliberately stayed away for 24 hours from the net and successfully completed it, until you had to log back in. Good for you, Shailaja. I am not sure if I would be able to do that. 🙂

    1. I think we are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for 🙂 I never assumed I could do it either until I tried and realised I wasn’t worried at all about the notifications and the pings. It just happened. It’s also part of my experimentation as I work on a particular chapter for the memoir. So here’s hoping it helps 🙂

  13. Hahahaha! Child’s play for me, Shailaja. Yes, I am bragging! Even though social media is part of my personal and professional life, I still take weekends off. Okay, managing it from a dashboard helps. But I play hooky once too often and love the offline time. I must of course mention the kindness of my Internet Service Provider who gives me a digital vacation on and off.

    Kudos to you, though! Stay blessed – and let this challenge build into a habit. 🙂 Hugs!

    1. I know this is easy for you, Vidya 🙂 I think it’s far more difficult for more people though and I include myself in that list. Work demands that I be online 5 days a week and in real-time. I don’t have the luxury of switching off completely from social media or Wi-Fi at home. But Sunday is my day and I wanted to see if this was doable. I found that it was. Also, sleeping early and waking up early has been doing wonders for my peace of mind and health, so chalking that one up as a victory too 🙂

  14. Hi shailaja,

    I take up such challenge every once in a while…its very calming for me to be off internet on some days…on such days I have actually just walked around my house and have admired my own home which otherwise I wouldn’t even notice….

    1. That is so wonderful to hear, Gowri. I know what you mean. A part of me wondered if I could do it, but I was surprised by how easy it actually was to switch off and move away from the Net. Guess we never know until we try 🙂

  15. I ‘HAD’ to stay off internet for a good three days when my phone decided to just go off. It had a mind of its own and I had no way of accessing internet. I realized I had enough and more time in hand and was on a reading spree. Read four books, re-decorated my room, did laundry, cooked, clicked pictures, exercised, sand, danced. Wow! It was actually incredible. So, yes, I should take up this challenge every now and then! 🙂

    1. Felt absolutely wonderful, didn’t it? I think we need to do it consciously and regularly and not wait for the phone to die on us 😉 So much reading that I was thrilled to bits!

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