February 4, 2011
2) Less computer time. Obviously I'm writing a blog, so I'm going to be on the computer. I also have an online store to sell my arts and crafts. Those things are not going to change. I will still be using email and Facebook to stay in touch with folks on a daily basis. However, I'm going to strive for more face-to-face and handwritten communication. I'm also not going to spend time mindlessly surfing. The computer is a tool and that's how I plan to use it.
3) Phones. This one is easy. We have a land line which we will keep for every day use. My husband and I have already switched to prepaid cell phone plans since we use our cells phones so rarely. I don't need a fancy phone. There is absolutely no reason for me to have one. My laptop is sufficient for my internet needs and if I'm bored I can talk to the people with me, read a book, or just wait patiently rather than playing games and other apps.
I'm sure I've missed things, but this doesn't need to be comprehensive. My goal is not to return to an earlier century, but to make sure that my kids grow up happy and healthy. I'm not ever going to give up modern technology or go "off-the-grid", but I'm going to make sure that those kinds of things don't ever replace what's truly important: time with family and friends, time spent really knowing the people and world around us in a deeper way.