It’s true that it’s hard to function in modern society without technology, especially in 2024, and I wouldn’t expect most people to be able to do that. But we can certainly lessen our use of technology. Here are eleven ways to disconnect from modern technology!

1. Take an internet-free day

Take one day a week where you don’t use the internet. Often weekends are good, but it can be any day. On that day, unplug your router, turn off your phone’s data, and just don’t use the internet at all.

By taking a day from the internet, you will clense your mind from global input and rest from the assault of the internet.

2. Write on paper

Do you need to write something? If so, take some time to write it on paper. If you’re a writer, then sit down with that pen and paper!

Writing on paper will help you disconnect from the screen and you’ll get a better connection with what you are writing if you put it down with your own hands instead of pressing plastic buttons.

3. Delete some online accounts

If you have some social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or others, decide whether you really need it. Chances are, you can delete one of them. Recently for example, I’ve deleted LinkedIn and it was a great experience. Believe it or not, there are other ways to find jobs!

Social media is controlled by large tech companies who don’t have your best interest in mind, and who want to use you to power their websites so they can accrue huge amounts of profit. Starve them of a little money and get off those networks!

4. Delete some apps on your phone

Do you use a smartphone? I do, but rarely. Chances are, there are some apps on it that entice you to use your phone more often. So, go through those apps and delete as many as you can.

Apps are often a way for companies to grab your attention so that you participate on their networks. Because phones have special notification systems built in that are harder to turn off, they are easier to engage with.

Make it fun! If you have a friend or partner, have a game to see who can delete the most apps!

5. Spend some time outdoors

One of the best strategies to disconnect from modern technology is to spend time outdoors! Get a pair of binoculars and observe some animals or just enjoy the sunset.

The natural world is fundamental for the health of the soul, and being out in nature is one of the best ways to disconnect from modern technology. Make sure you leave your phone at home!

6. Meet a friend in person

Meeting people in person is another way to experience being human instead of being a cog in the machine. Find an activity to do together like eating a meal or going for a walk that doesn’t involve technology.

Avoid activities like watching a movie together or other activities that depend too much on technology. Make sure it’s an activity where you can talk directly without a lot of technology around.

7. Read a paper book

If you’re looking for something to do, forget about Netflix or other online abysses. Instead, take out a paper book and read it. If you don’t have a paper book, go to your local library if you have one, or borrow one from a friend!

By reading a book, you’ll be able to experience some good old-fashioned entertainment or learning without the input of a screen. Don’t forget to put your phone on silent mode! (Ideally, your phone should be on silent all the time.)

8. Wash a few clothes by hand

Even the washing machine is technology, which is why I recommend washing some clothes by hand. It’s actually not so hard: get a bucket, put your clothes in it with a little soap, and scrub them for ten minutes.

Of course, not everyone has time to wash all their clothes by hand. But if you take half an hour to wash just a few items by hand, you will experience a direct connection with the washing process. The convenience and lack of connection that comes with a washing machine is also an influence of technology that makes you forget about the natural processes that help keep things clean.

9. Eat less processed food

Whenever you can, eat things that are less processed. Processed foods include refined flour products, candies and sweets, soft drinks, premade meals, etc. Instead, go for things like fruits, vegetables, potatoes, eggs, and other foods that are close to the source.

Processed foods have a variety of problems. They often contain too much salt, too much white flour, and too many preservatives.

However, processed foods pose another problem: they are nothing like what comes from the earth. By eating foods that are more directly from the source like apples and oranges, you will gain a better appreciation for what the earth produces instead of what factories produce.

10. Buy less stuff

Buy less clothes and less entertainment. These products are designed to be like drugs to ameliorate the misery of being entrenched in technology. But by buying less, you will reduce consumerism.

This especially applies to stuff from large corporations. Try and avoid large corporations as much as possible. Find ways to reuse your older clothes and just wear older stuff. It’s ridiculous to always be wearing new cheap stuff manufactured in sweatshops anyway.

I’ve personally made a commitment not to buy any new clothes for five years, with the exception of footwear since I haven’t found a way around that yet.

11. Find other people who are wary of technology

Find other people who are wary of technology and start on reducing technology in a group. It’s always easier to embark on such journeys with support. Therefore, I suggest you find a few people who are tired of the high-tech life and find new an interesting ways to get rid of as much technology as possible!

That’s all for now! If you have any tips, I’d like to hear them in the comments!

2 Comments

  1. I would love to hear more about your plan to not buy clothes for five years. Does this mean shopping at secondhand stores, or literally not buying any clothing? I currently need to replace a pair of pants about once a year from normal wear and tear, and I’ll have to think on how I would get around that. Are you sewing your own clothing?

    Thanks for the intriguing post!

    • My initial plan is not to buy anything. But I think such a plan has to be modified for each individual. I work from home and live in a warm environment right now so pants last fairly long. But it would be much harder if you wear pants every day. I know from personal experience that my pants didn’t last much longer than a year, especially when I was living in a place with winter.

      Another technique that I use a lot is change right when I get home. That reduces some wear and tear if I just wear some random old thing at home. Gentle washing by hand and drying on a drying rack might also reduce wear and tear as well.

      I like the idea of making my own clothes, too, and if something breaks I can do some basic sewing. I am going to have to see how long I can make it but I think it should be doable, especially if I learn a bit more basic sewing like you said. I might even be able to reuse material from other clothes somehow.

      I am still figuring it out myself but I think at least three years is easy. Five will be a challenge…but interesting nonetheless. Also, I may do some research into locally-made clothes too if I get desperate. Second-hand stores are a good idea too and I’ve bought most of my clothes there, though it would be great if I could buy nothing. Well, it’s good to read someone else might try it!

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