Completely Disconnected

The topic for this week’s blog – and actually designated to be the two-weeks-ago-blog – is ironic for me not having written an article in the past two weeks: Disconnectedness. Or the lack of it.

Last year, around the same time, I wrote a blog on ‘disconnect to re-connect’ basically an escape from the modern society and connectedness to communications media to a lonely little island in the middle of a crystal clear ocean. No better way of being disconnected from the rest of the world then white beach, crystal water, a hammock and a good book. Still, I have not been fully disconnected. This island still received mobile phone signal strong enough to browse the web with a smart phone or similar gadgets.

Two weeks ago, when I started thinking about this topic again, I was airborne already. Traveling around the world. If not on a lonely island what better place could there to be for me to be disconnected from the world? Well, set aside the hundred other passengers and the media library of the onboard tv. Reading the brochure, my dreams were crushed once more: The airline I was taking was one of the few airlines which allow you to use your mobile phone onboard while airborn. Already not feeling so disconnected anymore I discovered the new feature of the onboard tv: writing emails and sending text messages – also receiving both. While I did not bother to ask how much it is, I started thinking again: Where else can I be disconnected? Arriving at the designated location, I found out that my flat will not have internet connectivity for a while. Great, I thought. I have so much stuff to do anyway, less distraction is always a good way of increasing efficiency, right?

Another valid question would also be: Why do I want to be disconnected in the first place? I can just switch-off all means of communications or go to a really really remote place. Maybe there. Maybe being at that place will show me why one wants to be disconnected. People who have made that experience tell me that it is a great experience. Then again: I grew up with all these means of communications, wouldn’t it be strange to not rely on it anymore? If my parents would like to be disconnected from the world, I would understand. When they grew up, scheduling meetings was important because there were no mobile phones. Maybe it does not depend on how you grew up or how you have been socialized. Maybe it is just a matter of freeing your mind. Going to a monastery for some time and just do nothing apart from sports, meditation and taking care of the garden would be an interesting experience. I’ll give it a go next year…

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