By encouraging them to partake in Digital Fasts, Jeff Stern helps people think about their relationship to their devices and to technology.
A 48-Hour Digital Fast means no phones, no tablets, no computers, no Internet, no TV for an entire weekend. Scary, right? But also kind of intriguing and maybe even a little exciting, too?
It’s easy. On Friday evening, you take all of your digital devices, turn them off, put them in a drawer and walk away. Spend a weekend free from the alerts and pings of the 24-hour news/entertainment/social media cycle. Make people wonder what you’ve been up to. Enjoy quietly reflecting on something instead of instantly sharing your opinions with the world. Do one thing at a time. Give your eyes and thumbs a rest. Look up instead of down. Then, on Sunday evening, go back to the drawer and resume your relationship with the digital world. Or, who knows? Maybe you’ll decide you’re in no rush to get back to it.
People who have gone on 48-Hour Digital Fasts report being more productive, more focused, getting better sleep, and generally feeling more calm. Stern is clear on the point that he is not an anti-technology Luddite. Rather, he promotes a moderate approach to the use of our devices. If we can try to remember that they are powerful tools that have specific uses, we can have more balanced, less addictive relationship with them.
Stern has taken his Bentley University students on a Digital Fast and he helped to lead community-wide Seacoast Digital Fasts based in his hometown of Portsmouth, NH in August, 2016 and 2017. The third annual Seacoast Digital Fast is scheduled for August, 2018.
He is available to work with your company, school or organization by giving a lunchtime talk on Healthy Digital Habits or facilitating a Digital Fast.
Are you up for the challenge?
Watch Jeff Stern's talk at Creative Mornings: Going on a Digital Fast.