Tomorrow is my birthday. I will turn 38 years old, which is old enough to have been “legal” for two decades. As a present to myself, and a kind of personal experiment, I will be completely offline tomorrow from midnight-to-midnight inclusive. This means:
- I will not be checking email
- I will not be checking Facebook, Twitter, blogs, news feeds
- I will not be going online whatsoever
I will answer my phone, if I hear it ring, but I won’t be carrying it around with me. If you want to get a hold of me tomorrow, your best bet will be to call the house phone. If you don’t know the number, send me an email before midnight tonight, and I’ll send it to you.
Why do this? I’m curious to see how well I can survive without the Internets, even for a day. I find that in moments that used to be consumed by idle thought, I am browsing online: in elevators, walking to the car, in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. You get the picture. I am curious as to what a day would be like where I take a “rest” from the Internets. My birthday, falling on a Saturday, seems like a perfect opportunity.
Of course, I’ll blog about the experience on Sunday.
And just a reminder to all my friends and family in L.A., I head out your way first thing Monday morning.