I keep coming back to this idea of a digital shabbat, where I follow some sort of ruleset for low social media/tech use from sundown Friday through sundown Saturday.

Some ideas of what this could mean:

  • no twitter, reddit, pinterest or other social media
  • put phone in greyscale mode
  • use an alternate login profile on my devices, which has way fewer things installed
  • no devices or screens a half hour before bed and none until a half hour after i wake up
  • no mindless browsing
  • no solo video games
  • no solo TV, movies, etc
  • minimize discord use

Things that are okay on digital shabbat:

  • using tech for drawing or writing
  • using tech to look up information (ie wikipedia, google maps)
  • using tech to listen to podcasts, music, or audio books
  • reading ebooks
  • signal and discord to communicate with friends
  • playing video games with friends
  • watching TV or movies with friends

Essentially I’d only be using technology to make things, connect with friends, and very mindfully consume. I’d be doing restful things on Shabbat, instead of mindlessly indulging. It’s not so much about not working, but instead slowing down and taking care of myself.

I’ll think about this more, maybe talk to Adira about trying it out together in our own ways. Obv I’d start the night still by lighting Shabbat candles still, and eating delicious food haha.

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