First Rule of Connection? Disconnect
- April 12, 2017
- Posted by: Victoria Freyre
- Category: Digital Detox, Wednesday Wisdom
The truth is that I wanted to disconnect. Having this constant link to information, seeing what everyone of my friends back home or abroad was doing, having the temptation to disappear into my phone or computer, somehow needing to synthesize what I went through constantly: all of this was preventing me from fully immersing. However, this is how I was raised and educated: to constantly keep myself occupied, informed, ready, active. I feel satisfied when I accomplish many of my objectives in a day, content when my schedule is perfectly filled, stressed when I have too much free time and anxious when things do not go according to plan. These habits were deeply ingrained within me when I arrived in Ecuador, but went against the rhythm of life in my new environment. Things usually just happen around here, instead of being planned. People are incredibly spontaneous, which can turn a free day into a very action-packed one, the opposite also being true. To truly immerse, I had to go beyond just learning the local dialect of Spanish: I needed to slow down. However, it was necessary for me to abandon the way I used to organize my life to truly grasp the reality of the people I was living with, to share and be on the same level as them.
Feeling Off Your Game? 5 Reasons You Should Play Analog Games!
- March 25, 2016
- Posted by: Mackenzie Rawcliffe
- Category: Digital Detox
This is a hobby with a growing and diverse community that you can’t participate in alone. You need to get out there, talk with and meet new people. And as I mentioned above the community is diverse – what I like best about analog gaming is that you can’t predict beforehand who will enrich the game the most. The shy person may be able to do the best accent and never break character, elevating the experience for everyone – or that loud mouth guy you were worried about may surprise you with his concern for the party’s well fare and helpfulness in telling other people’s stories.