HOW TO GET OFF THE SCREEN LIVING YOUR LIFE OFFLINE IN 2018

(I recommend you download the PDF print-out version of this article and read it off-line)

The condition of screen dependance, the tyranny, the habit, is one that affects all millenials. I grew up fascinated with the internet, taking advantage of its magic, and then surrendering to its power over me. Many of us are freelance, and our jobs and personal lives happen over the net. Increasingly, our responsibilities do too (bank transfers, paying bills) as well as entertainment (film subscriptions, buying concert tickets). All these little tasks and errands are what life consists of, at the end of the day. Life is the journey. And we should be able to make this choice: To not live our journey through a screen.

Screen dependance is a two part addiction: There is the Internet, and there are the screens. Arguably, without the Internet a screen doesn’t have the same pull, although it’s tempting to work on it (editing pictures, writing). In other words: You can always find a use for a screen. I say, do the opposite. Start questioning everything. Before you look at a screen, before you get on the net, ask yourself what it is exactly that you have to do, can it only be done on a machine, and is it necessary. Half of the time, I find myself finding new (old) ways of doing things when I press the issue. So, TEAM! Press.

STEP BY STEP WALKTHROUGH TO THE 3D WORLD

We’ve become so fixated with our advances in technology, so bewildered by everything that can be recreated on screen, that we forget that the world we live in is already what we are looking for. It is in 3D, in full color, and already has interaction with other people, unlimited filters and light effects. What we are endlessly trying to achieve online or through screens or on pictures already exists. It’s called THE REAL WORLD. We are losing it when we shut ourselves down to it. The man-made simulation will never be as good.

Read on for a step by step walkthrough of overcoming your addiction.

You will need: 

- A journal or notebook to annotate your experiences, breakthroughs, realisations.

(I am a big fan of the Clairfontaine ones that are numbered, as well as the Moleskine and the Rhodia pads. They have beautiful paper and make writing a pleasure in itself. I’ll tell you more about journals, but for now be ready to begin)

- A pen. A fountain pen is very exciting if you are just starting to write after a period of self- inflicted absence. I wouldn’t get anything too expensive just yet, you’re bound to lose it.

- A supply of beverages for your new life of contemplation: Tea, infusions, wine to taste. Some of my non alcoholic favourite indulgences are cacao-cashew milk, coconut green tea, Earl Grey tea, or a good ol’ cortado.