With the general exception of Sundays, I make posts most days of the week. Yesterday I did not nor did I reply to many emails. That's because yesterday was a dry run for something I'm intending to do on a more extensive and (I hope) permanent basis: completely unplugging from the Internet every Friday.
Reflecting on it, I think that I, like a lot of people, rely on the Net a little too much. I know I often use it as a way of distracting myself from other tasks that need doing. I also know that the world won't end if I don't make a post, reply to comments, send emails, or read forums over a single 24-hour period. So that's what I'm planning to do, starting next Friday (May 7, 2010).
It'll be interesting to see how this experiment goes. I've read reports of several studies where test subjects had their access to the Internet and to cell phones and mobile devices cut off for a time. What they found is that many of the subjects suffered physiological as well as psychological effects, which is both fascinating and a little disturbing. I don't own a cell phone or a mobile device (I actually find both rather annoying), but I do use the Net for a lot and I'd like to try and do without it at least a little more than I do.
Time will tell whether this is just another harebrained scheme or a worthwhile endeavor. Regardless, for the next few Fridays, expect me to be scarcer than usual.