I tried. I failed. My diet has changed in recent years to match my slowing metabolism and growing wardrobe. No food from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. No snacks. And, once a week I do a liquid diet; just to give my body a rest.
Last weekend I decided to give my mind a rest and avoid using iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Watch for the weekend– Friday morning through Sunday night. It was easy but I failed. First, I turned off all my Apple gear. iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch. Second, I stayed away from the family room iMac. That worked. For awhile.
What I should have done is let everyone know I would be out of touch for a few days. Mid-morning Friday the land line phone started ringing off the hook. “Where are you, Jesse? What’s going on?” So, I had to explain. Friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors were more than just curious why I had not responded to their text messages or email messages.
After a dozen phone calls things began to settle down. Friday was an off day so I shopped for groceries and promptly bought what I should not have and didn’t buy what was on my Reminders app on iPhone and Watch. I had to pay with cash because I forgot my credit cards and Apple Pay is, well, tied to my iPhone and Watch and since they were turned off I had to make two trips to the grocery store. One to select items I thought I wanted, and the second to pay for it.
Are you sensing a problem here?
As Friday afternoon rolled along I became more anxious. I thought, “What’s going on in the world?” Instead of being able to whip out Apple News+ on my iPad and settle down for a quick look at world events, I had to settle for Fox News and CNN.
Oh, God! How do people stand it? I just want the news; not some overpaid talking head telling me what they think the news means. Fake news indeed. Things got so bad I actually bought a paper copy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and USA Today.
I felt really old.
Saturday and Sunday were even worse. We had friends over in the afternoon and wanted to take some photos. No iPhone. That required me to dig out the 35mm DSLR. Honestly, I forgot where it was. The battery was dead so I had to run down to Target and then CVS to find one.
I got some photos but anxiety continued. That night we wanted to watch Netflix from Apple TV. I didn’t crack. No Netflix. All our music collection is on iTunes on the Mac and runs on iPhone and iPad via Apple Music.
Sunday morning was a bit of a relief because we take the Sunday Journal-Constitution and that gave me a few hours to avoid the internet and anything with an Apple logo. Sunday night I received a call from a co-worker who had a report due Monday morning and I was required to read and edit.
How do you do that without using the internet?
So, I caved late Sunday night and fired up the MacBook. The tension vanished. I was home again. Apple and the internet. Messages and Mail. Safari and Calendar and Photos and FaceTime.
Apple has therapeutic products which, when combined with internet access, help us to live modern lives which ease the stress of doing nothing while adding stress when trying to do everything.
Yes, I caved but I don’t feel too bad about it. I almost made it three days. Oh, and Jeffrey won the bet.