Computer Cleanse Challenge

Posted June 5th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Everyone has problems. Surprise, even me! There are stupid things I find really hard, and hard things I should do that I think are really stupid. I do enjoy self improvement however, and this summer I have been working on just feeling better, physically and emotionally. As with most gamers, I spend a good quantity of time sitting right here at my computer. I love gaming or Facebooking or watching videos or even arting it up in Photoshop, but since embarking on my self improvement journey I have heard numerous times how; “all my issues spawn from spending too much time on the computer. Computers are the bane of my generation. Spending time on the computer isn’t real fun, it’s fake fun. I’d sleep better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d eat better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d feel better if I just turned off the computer!” I always defend my beloved PC and the joys it holds for me, but the amount of people who seem to believe such things have got me thinking. Not thinking that my computer is to blame of course, but thinking how nice it would be to have some sort of solid proof to stand on when I prove them wrong.

My solution? I’m going on a computer cleanse! Starting Monday June 6th at 12:01 am I will be shutting down my PC for the week and I won’t turn it back on until Saturday morning (the 11th) at 12:01 am. I won’t deprive myself of the wonders of the internet over the weekend, let’s be practical here, but I should have a good idea of how drastically (or as I predict, un-drastically) my life has changed by shutting off the computer for 5 whole days. That means no Rift, no Sims, no Youtube, no Facebook, none of that for 5 whole days! Yeah, it’s going to be rough, but I am curious to see if I feel any different (other than just really bored, lol) and would love to be able to counter such technology bashing with evidence to the contrary. I’m a little excited to see how it goes and a little worried that I won’t be able to resist the temptation to plug it back in for just a few minutes, but I think if I have to post honestly here on my blog after the week is up and answer for any such slip ups, I’ll be less likely to have them!

I realize some people need to use their computer, for work or otherwise, but I’m interested as to if any of you have ever shut it down for a few days at a time (maybe because of a power outage or even if your computer broke) and if you felt any different? I don’t think I have ever gone more than a day or two without using a computer for something, not since before I had a computer anyway, so it will be a good experiment!

So, I Jenn, do solemnly swear that I will do my very best to not do or watch anything on a computer or any type of game console between Monday June 6th and Saturday June 11th. I do realize that this may mean missing sweet deals in the Auction House, entertaining Facebook drama, twitter giveaways, and the like, but in the interest of self improvement, I accept this self given challenge! Any of you want to take the challenge with me? (Lol)

Farewell Until Saturday!
Miss Mediocre <3

10 Responses to “Computer Cleanse Challenge”

  1. Aruna

    I found your blog when I was browsing for Rift related things, it’s nice to read about the experiences of another girl gamer. ^^

    I never really took a break from my computer before, but I have once been without for around 5 days because my graphics card fried itself (Or maybe I fried it.. details!). The only thing I can say was that it didn’t change my life one bit, it just made it a whole lot more boring. :P

    I would never willingly go without my computer, ever. (I couldn’t even because now I have to work with one) You might or might not need it, but I wish you good luck, I hope you make it through. ^^

  2. Nicole

    I’m tempted to try this, but it’s summer vacation and I only work part time right now. I have too much free time to even have a slight chance of succeeding, haha! ^^ Best of luck to you!

  3. Naomi

    I’ve done this before (with the computer… NOT with my DS), more because I was bored or sleepy or sick than anything else. I found that I read more, which I like… and I played more games on my DS. But now that I have an iPhone it will never happen again, because it is way too easy to browse Facebook on a mobile platform.

    Anywho, cool site, nice to read about another girl gamer! ^_^

  4. Rivs

    Well oddly enough computers keep me sane, and not in jail. I tend to be an over the top individual. Imagine a viking trapped in todays world. When I go out, I drink like there’s no tomorrow, and I party as if today is my last day on earth.

    So when I’m in front of the computer, I’m not getting in trouble. Don’t believe how nuts I can be…find me on facebook…River Hasnoliver

    :) Yeah that’s me in a dog cage, or me humping a huge plastic horse.

    Bottomline I think to have a healthy life you should be balanced, and do things in moderation.

    I find it interesting though no one comes down on people who collect stamps.

  5. Indy

    Oh, there’s certainly evenings I go away from the computer and read. Today I read a great new book I found at the library, ‘Fuzzy Nation’ which is a retelling (or ‘reboot’) of Piper’s classic ‘Little Fuzzy’.

  6. Miss Mediocre

    Aruna : I did make it through, though it was really tough at times! I depend on my computer way more than I realized, haha. I didn’t notice any major life changes either, other than I got a bit more “accomplished” than usual, mostly because I was just so bored that I did extra cleaning and such, lol. I did sleep better, but I’m not really convinced that had anything to do with my computerlessness. :)

  7. Miss Mediocre

    Nicole : Thanks! I did have a LOT of free time, the days go by so slow when I’m not killing things online, haha.

  8. Miss Mediocre

    Naomi : I was temping to play some console games during my computer cleanse, but I resisted and was 100% game free for those 5 days. I didn’t do as much reading as I thought I would, instead I did a lot of painting, which was different but fun! I sure did miss my Facebook though, it definitely would have been impossible for me to resist logging on if I could do so through my cell phone, haha. Lucky for me I don’t have a cell phone! (wait, that’s not really lucky… lol)

  9. Miss Mediocre

    Rivs : You don’t look too nuts on your Facebook page, you’re just chillin in a sweet leopard print hat? Lol. I can see how a viking in today’s world definitely needs something like a computer for an outlet for all that pent up crazy though! I agree too that moderation is the key, I’m just not so good at moderation, lol…

  10. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : I definitely haven’t been reading enough lately. I intended to head to the library during my computerless week, but never made it there! I always read a lot more in the summer though, so hopefully that kicks in soon! I’ve never read Little Fuzzy or Fuzzy Nation, I don’t even think I’ve heard of them before, either that of I’ve forgotten, which happens, lol.

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