Another variation of digital sabbaths, from the IdeaFestival blog:
Technology Review's Jason Pontin suggested that while a wide range of interests is essential to connection-making, it can be overdone. At Technology Review, he said, "information fasts" are regularly imposed.
He didn't elaborate at length but it's not much of a stretch to understand why. Given the pervasive nature of information today, I think the constant ping-pinging of contemporary life can overwhelm minds conditioned by the last couple hundred thousand years to notice the outliers. Is that rustling in the bush friend or foe? When seemingly every call, email or detail demands our attention now, our sensitivity to what might be essential or new or important is dulled. Information fasts are a perfectly sensible response to information fatigue; they might also pay a welcome creative dividend.
IdeaFestival seems like a great event. I hope to get to it one day.
Perhaps I should start keeping more systematic track of these shorter, sabbath-light practices.