View Full Version : OT: 24 hours without a computer: Could you do it?

02-18-2007, 08:07 PM
thats what they're trying to figure out in this global experiment: http://shutdownday.com/

24 hours w/o a computer means a day w/o KH! :teehee:

i won't be able to do this because my school work is mostly done on the computer

be i could totally do this on a weekend! what about you?

02-18-2007, 08:10 PM
My husband and I actually deliberately left the electronics at home when we went on our honeymoon (with the exception of my mp3 player which I listen to in bed) so I have survived up to a week without the internet and my laptop. However, I don't ever, ever want to have to do that again, so no, I can't do it.

02-18-2007, 08:16 PM
DH's grandparents don't have a computer, so when we went to visit them in January I went 5 whole days without one. It was a bit annoying, but not overly so. The worst part was the 500 odd topics with new posts to sort through once I got back on here! I couldn't belive how many pages had been added to some of the blogs.

02-18-2007, 08:19 PM
I enjoy my computers and use them on a daily basis, but yes I can survive without one and have done so many times. Year before last, while I was recuperating from a bad car wreck, my old laptop died on me. A friend in Virginia sent me one of his old computers to tide me over, but I was still without for several weeks. I survived.

02-18-2007, 08:29 PM
I chose "No" because I can't do my job without a computer, and I take 2 online courses.

If I was on vacation, and not enrolled in any classes, then the answer is yes. I went without my computer for a week no problem in July, when I was on vacation in the Outer Banks with my family.

The part that would bug most would be not being able to look stuff up when in a discussion. :teehee:

Jan in CA
02-18-2007, 08:37 PM
Okay, technically I could, but I sure wouldn't want to!!

02-18-2007, 08:39 PM
Okay, technically I could, but I sure wouldn't want to!!


02-18-2007, 08:46 PM
I third the 'I could, but wouldn't want to' idea. all my schoolwork is done online, but I don't do homework every day... However, I am a total minion to Google... things come up everyday where I need to know more about something, so I always turn to trusty Google (or in more specific cases, Wikipedia and IMDb).

I use my computer for 'good', so being deprived of that source of knowledge would be bad for human kind, even if only for a day! ... mostly.

02-18-2007, 08:52 PM
Well I had to take work out the equation since the applications at both of my jobs are entirely web based (being that one of them is an online retailer ya know.)

Beyond that, I have actually gotten rid of cable and internet before for several months and existed quite happily without them. Sure it was a little irritating when I needed to print something for a committee meeting and stuff but there are still ways of living happily without it. :cheering:

02-18-2007, 08:54 PM
I could--I have--but it's not easy. I rarely go two hours w/o using a computer.

02-18-2007, 09:06 PM
It depends, in 2004 I had just been released from radiography with a slip that said "highly suspicious for malignancy" from a mammo and sono. My husband had just left for a business trip two hours earlier and some idiot disconnected my cable tv and thus the cable modem from my home by accident (meant to do the neighbor's). I about went nuts for the three days it took for them to come reconnect my cable and cable modem. I was feverishly wanting to search all I could about my situation.
Normally I couldn't care less if I don't have a computer at my beck and call but that time I sure could have used the info.

02-18-2007, 09:26 PM
Lately I've tried making Sundays my no-computer, no-work day (obviously didn't do this today). I'm on the computer SO much that I really do need the break (even if I don't think I need it).

02-18-2007, 09:49 PM
Survive it YES
be the LEAST bit pretty about it NO WAY
but my kids keep my life crazy enough that I miss a lot of day
well maybe one a week
52 is a Lot right????


02-18-2007, 10:21 PM
I wouldn't be able to. All of my school work is done on the computer, and it's my main source of entertainment besides knitting. :?

If this computer goes down, or the computer I got from my school goes back for repair, I have 4 other computers to go on. :oops:

There has been days that I just turn off the computer and wouldn't get on. Mainly that was either due to boredom, or I wouldn't be feeling well. It amazes me how much I miss it too. :oops:

02-19-2007, 12:39 AM
When I was at my daughter's there was a day that I didn't use the computer. Was to busy chasing the 2yr old, rocking the 5 week old, and gossiping w/ my daughter...

But the next day I did check email.. basics... (this of course) but didn't stay on like I normaly do..

Work.. all work stops if computer goes down.

So... I remember a time when computers where all card driven..lol Yes, they use to work that way.. and the "internet" was basically unheard of... But I love computers.. the information I can extract at a moment's notice, and the wonders of wonders... SPELL CHECK!!!! If only I had had this when I was in Freshman English!!!!

:roflhard: :roflhard:

02-19-2007, 01:00 AM
I could. Given normal circumstances, I don't, but I don't think it'd be as big a burden to me as to lots of people. Over the summer when I was in South Africa, most of my days I spent without a computer. Most of the time I had access to computers on the univ. campus, but I only went once every few days, mostly to check my mail and tell people (read "parents") that I was still alive since I didn't have a phone. It's kinda hard to go both without a phone AND without the 'net. But yeah. The last time I went without a computer for several days was the last few days I was in South Africa in a game park on the ocean. Funny, didn't miss the computer one bit. :)

02-19-2007, 02:11 AM
I HATE being without a computer. I even checked in here in the middle of my vacation in Costa Rica a couple of years ago! Now, given, I only spent about 15 minutes and there were several days I could not and I was perfectly happy trekking around the rainforest without a computer, but I still really missed my friends... :heart:

02-19-2007, 02:54 AM
Well, I could do 24h. A lot of my schoolwork is done on the computer, but not all, so I could easily do something else that day. Missing KH would be hard, but not undoable.

02-19-2007, 06:44 AM
When I know I am getting too obsessed with this confounded machine, I get away! The other day I refused to get on the computer for that very reason.

02-19-2007, 07:33 AM
iīm a computer specialist... so i try to disconnect for the weekends... it works, until a friend calls me to "save" their computer.. hehehe. anyway on vacation i donīt even use my cell phone!!! :woot: :woohoo:

02-19-2007, 08:35 AM
Of course I could do it.

For a whole day.

But that's all. :pout:

Don't make me even think about 2 days. :zombie:

It wouldn't be pretty.

Besides, how would I know what Mason's knitting next? :teehee:


02-19-2007, 08:35 AM
I work with computers, about computers and for computers so I couldn't do a workday without one. On holiday I take one with me for the sole purpose of uploading my pics to on a daily basis, I take a lot of pics and this is cheaper than the number of memory cards I would need.

I do a lot of camping and hiking (when I am not sick) on weekends and never use a pooter there at all - although I do plot my routes and sites on a computer so it is involved in the day, even if its not used.

I shall participate in the 24th I think though - I'm not a total slave to it. :teehee:

02-19-2007, 09:47 AM
I do everytime I go home :teehee: mom does not have a computer in her house.. so when I go home for week trips I gotta find something else to do.. which really isn't that bad.. and usually when I come home it takes me awhile to get back into the hang of using the computer like I did before... I realize how much you get done without one :teehee: ...

02-19-2007, 12:03 PM
Actually we had to do it. Saturday before the Superbowl (that's how I remem ber the date) our cable went out. No TV, no computer for FOUR, count'em, FOUR days. It was a couple of blocks in our subdivison. I would imagine there were a lot of ruined parties that Sunday. Talk about a boring weekend, but I did get a lot of knitting in.

This past Sunday, yesterday, I got up, turned on the TV and we were getting the same problem. Fortunately, they fixed it within a couple of hours.

02-19-2007, 12:11 PM
In vacation, I often don't have access to a computer and it's TOTALLY fine. I'm a scientist doing "computer vision", so I work on a computer all the time. But even at work, I could take a day to read the 150974698165 papers I printed with the strong intention to read them. Or read all the books in my field that I never had time to read. Or do some math I need for my research with a pen and paper. I could probably do this for a week and still get a lot of work done! Often the computer is a way not to do your work I find. You look busy, but it doesn't mean you actually are. There's a big illusion there in my opinion... Of course it depends on the type of work you do.

02-19-2007, 12:30 PM
Yes, but only if I'm away from home for the whole day...or week. I don't have a laptop yet. Fortunately, some hotels have one available in the lobby for guests, but I find that I really can do without for short periods of time when necessary. Don't want to use a public computer for bill paying or anything else sensitive like that. I did peek at KH during a stay in Kingsland, GA. That was about all.

02-19-2007, 12:40 PM
BTW, I could do without my telephone for a week or so, but really miss my computer when it's not handy.

02-19-2007, 12:51 PM
I end up going without mine for a day or more all the time. Generally, life happens (what do you mean it's 10:30p.m.?! Already? and I have to get up at 4!), and it's the first thing to go.

02-19-2007, 01:27 PM
I'm absolutely totally freakin' addicted (like to the point that if I get up in the middle of the night to see about one of my children or to use the bathroom, I will briefly contemplate checking my computer, but I usually make myself not do it). But I can definitely do without the computer for a day (and, in fact, will do without it on the 24th - shutdown day - because I will be out of town on a retreat at a place without any internet access; actually I'll be there several days). I can only do without a computer, though, if it's not physically available. I'm not very good at making myself not use it if it's right there in my office or in my house.

My husband told me about a New Yorker cartoon where the woman says, "I'm giving up Google for Lent." I was like Dude. No way. :noway:

02-19-2007, 01:34 PM
How did people solve arguments before Google? :rofl:

02-19-2007, 02:10 PM
I'm just old enough that by the time we got a home computer in the early 80s (around 8th grade), I saw it as something more intimidating than utilitarian. Unfortunate, but true. I think if I had been a little younger, I would've been much less computer-phobic, but oh well, what can I do? Make a time machine? (Not likely -- I don't know anything about building computers or even writing code!) I feel bad that I never bothered to understand how they work, but thankfully (and also to my detriment), being able to use a few software applications has been enough for me to get by.

Like many others, I've become completely dependent on computers for my job, and to a large extent, for leisure. In fact, if it weren't my trusty mac and the interwebs (you know -- that "series of tubes"), I would never have learned to knit. I also probably would have never met DH. Such is the depth of my indebtedness.

Could I live without it for 24 hours? Sure. But would I want to? No. I'm constantly looking stuff up... of course, this begs the question -- how many of you "older folks" have wondered how much more knowledgable and well-rounded you'd be now if you had the internet while growing up? I think about it way more often than I'd like to admit. You young people are sooooo lucky.

02-19-2007, 02:14 PM
So I got to work today and my computer wouldn't boot up for about 90 minutes. I spent the time looking through my stitch n bitch calendar and constantly trying to restart it. (One of the women had been her since 7am and finally was able to get on at 10ish) There was NO work i could do since all my contacts are on my computer and all my applications. we have no work that we can do at all without the computers. i didn't even turn my phone on until it was working again.

(btw... our tech people said they would e-mail when it was working. :doh: brainiacs!)

If i had known i would have just stayed in bed until i heard it was working. i only got 3 hours sleep last night!

btw... i do sleep with my computer...lol

and i still say i could live without out it easily at home.

02-19-2007, 02:21 PM
There's only one thing I can do at work without my computer, and that's photocopying. :ick:

(btw... our tech people said they would e-mail when it was working. :doh: brainiacs!)


02-19-2007, 02:26 PM
A few weeks ago, we lost power at our school for a couple of hours. Because my job is maintaining the computers, there wasn't one thing I could do.

I begged to go home. Everyone just laughed. I think I wound up doing some reading for my college classes.

What an eye-opener, though!


02-19-2007, 02:27 PM
I could survive okay without a computer. In fact the place would likely be better if I didn't have one.

But living where I do... I'd likely go insane without the "company." These days people aren't around to talk on the phone. And they don't talk on the cell phone either.

02-19-2007, 06:15 PM
Last Friday, I would have said no, but on Saturday I spent the day at a car rally then at my sister's, who just moved and doesn't yet have internet access. So, I'm apparently not as bad as I thought. Woo. :teehee:

I grew up watching my mum program games onto the Spectrum ZX from magazine pages. And enjoying it. At 5 years old. :?? Some of us are just born geeks...