I have just read this very candid post from someone who left facebook for more meditation – and is much happier! This resonates so much with my own experience that I decided to share,
As well as close friends and family I hooked up with old school friends, work colleagues, gym buddies. My virtual world was growing larger and larger but I felt my real life was becoming increasingly insular. The more I connected to people online the more disconnected I felt from reality, from myself. I found myself reaching for my phone as soon as I woke up and Facebook was always the last thing I looked at in bed at night, it took me ages to get to sleep, my mind would be full of status updates.
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“It was really nice to walk in and see a big group of people in a small space not looking at phones, not watching things. I was close to most of the people there, but it was different. We shared more stories and more intimate stories than we would have otherwise.” (Elise Michael, student)
“We ended up staying up until 2 a.m. and spending five hours huddled around a coffee table with candles, talking. With the power on, we never would have bonded like that.” (Matt Field)
“It made me realize how beautiful it is,” he said. “That’s one of the few times in my life I’ve ever done that. And it was so beautiful.” (Eric Borb, bar owner, after spending two hours sitting on his fire escape just staring at the night sky.
New York Blackout Kills Phones, Revives Ancient Art Of Actually Speaking To People