“I considered fleeing to a remote island for a few weeks, but I realized I wasn’t craving physical escape. I didn’t actually want to be alone. I just wanted to be mentally free of obligations, most of which asserted themselves in some digital fashion.”
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“It was like, oh my god, I can be so much more productive if I actually let my brain have a little downtime. When I get up in the morning I’m very sharp now. I can do things much faster. I’m much more focused. I feel much fresher. I feel like I used to feel before the Internet was popular.”
-Kord Campbell, who recently participated in a digital detox hosted by Camp Grounded. We’ve collected stories from people who regularly unplug from their devices.
“We are ceasing to see. Using our eyes to appreciate beauty is no longer enough. It always has to be documented for some other time—often resulting in an abyss of recordings. My first thought at a pretty sunset—where’s my phone?”
"No one is going to execute your idea the same way you are, so just get out there, get feedback, talk to anyone … in the startup world and get advice from them. That was the first thing we did."
—Katie Finnegan, co-founder of Hukkster, one of Time.com’s top 10 startups to watch in 2013. Hukkster allows you to tag items online, track them, and will let you know when they go on sale.
So you need to #unplug. You’re feeling overwhelmed by your gadgets—connected to your email list but not to your personal life. It’s time to take a break. It is precisely for times like these that we’ve created a guide to unplugging.
These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the difficult (but rewarding!) process of unplugging, from deciding when to unplug to informing your friends and coworkers that you’ll be offline for a while to avoiding the biggest temptations to plug back in. Here you’ll find advice from digital detoxing experts, business leaders, and our readers, whom we asked to use the #unplug hashtag to submit their best methods for logging off.
We encourage you to print these pages, and when you find yourself reaching for your phone, reach for this guide instead for tips on how to overcome the urge to use your devices. And when you’re ready to rejoin the digital world, come to FastCompany.com, and we’ll help you find the most seamless way to do so.
Google Reader is closing up shop on July 1, but have no worries, plenty of alternatives are popping up. Today, AOL announced AOL Reader. Facebook reported that it too is working on a news aggregator. And in two days, Digg’s new reader will make its debut.
Here are some other Google Reader replacements:
- LinkedIn’s Pulse
- Google Currents
- The Old Reader
- Managing News
What have you used to replace Google Reader?
“It’s the person who can continually get up after every failed attempt and learn something from their mistakes. They can move forward.”
Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of Time.com’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, shares his thoughts on what makes a person successful.
IMRSV is the company behind Cara, a software that allows developers to turn any webcam into a real-time video analytics sensor.
“What (if anything) do you miss the most about life before the digital age?”
"Face to face conversations. Children playing outside." -Richard Saling
"I miss actual phone conversations. People only want to Facebook and text! No one wants to have phone conversations anyone it seems.” -Angel Spikes
"QUIET movie theatre experiences….and yes…vinyl records (which I still collect)." -Greg Hale
"Seclusion" -Brian Tromburg
“Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up.” -Matthew Green
"The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are." -Todd Wilson
You can now leave photos in Facebook comments. (But not gifs. Yet.)
These amazing maps generated from Twitter metadata will blow your mind
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Holograms are coming to the classroom thanks to a pair of doctors who built a system that displays model body parts.
- Performance artist Erdem Gunduz has become a symbol for the Turkish protests after he stood silent and motionless in Taksim Square for eight hours.
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: President Obama defended the NSA spying program yesterday in a PBS interview with Charlie Rose.
- Good news electric car drivers, soon you won’t have to schedule an hour of charging time into your commute. Tesla is giving a demo of its electric car battery swapping capabilities this week.
- Speaking of batteries, AT&T is installing 25 solar powered charging stations around NYC.
- Despite its precarious legal position, Airbnb is still a wise choice. According to Priceonomics, travelers save 21% if they rent an entire Airbnb apartment and 49% on a single Airbnb room.
- The U.S. government’s super secret spy map establishment says the American intelligence system needs to redo its geospatial model (maps).
- The White House wants you to help NASA find killer space rocks.
- Photographer Kai Eiselein is suing Buzzfeed for $3.6 million.
- Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets after a protest over bus fares escalated to a whole new level.
“There were movies, there were food trucks, there were friends, there was mulled wine. There was brief consideration of a mulled-wine food truck. Above all, there was an expansion of sensations and ideas.”
Google’s Project Loon (say ‘loon balloon’ five times fast) will use solar-powered giant devices hovering 12 miles above the ground to beam Internet down to places where it’s not possible to lay cable.