Ways To Reduce Your Digital Grind

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Everyday we wake up to a digital world - all tangled up in wires and waves of electronics and machines and gadgets. A simple weather check is done online, we wait impatiently for the *beep* when our food is ready, and send e-cards on birthdays. Give it all a break! Here are a few tips to make your hectic lifestyle a little more analogue.

Photo by: born-to-ruin
  • Write a love letter. – When was the last time you used a pen? In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and smartphones, it seems that interaction has been reduced to a tweet, a “PM”, or a text message. Grab a paper and a pen, and write that special someone a good ol’ fashioned love letter – sealed with a kiss, if you like. Use the postal service more often!
  • Visit a library. – Shut down your laptops and read a book. Don’t click – flip, to the next page. A visit to the library is not only an escape from the digital world, but a warm welcome to a treasure trove of towering bookcases, intricate illustrations, beautiful typefaces, and small talk with the cute librarian.
  • Ask a friend to teach you how to play the guitar. – That way, you can play together next time – not in Rock Band 3, but in a real band.
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  • Play sports with real people, not gaming console characters! – Turn off your Wii and sweat it out under the sun.
  • Keep a journal or a scrapbook. – A small notebook, a pen, and a few minutes of your time. Spill your secrets, write down your goals, plan trips! Paste your Lomographs on it, make collages, doodle caricatures … you get the idea.
  • Watch movies in a movie theater. – Resist the urge to download torrents! Get off your couch! Buy a ticket, line up, and watch flicks in the cinema. Toss popcorn at unsuspecting moviegoers!
  • Enjoy music in vinyl. – Pause your mp3 download queues and place the needle on the record! Turntables and vinyls are still available today. Mmm, that crackling vinyl sounds as good as a shutter click. Plus, you can grab a camera and do a sleeveface!
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  • Catch up with a friend “IRL” (in real life) – Logoff your instant messaging applications and hang out with a friend. Take snapshots together, update each other without having to say “LOL” or “OMG”.
  • Check the weather – outdoors! – Yes, we know – as soon as you get up in the morning, you turn on the computer and the weather app automatically updates you of the forecast in just a click. Try to get your sleepy @$# off the bed and bathe in the glow of the sun!
  • Document your days with Lomography. – Ah, we don’t need to tell you this, do we? Sure, it’s tempting to do a daily Instagram update (ha!), but using an analogue camera is more exciting. A roll of 36-exp. 35mm film is enough for a month (plus you get a little extra for self-portraits), and you’ll have to wait until the month’s end to see your shots … but that makes it more thrilling!

If you have any more ideas on how to reduce your digital grind, share them with us. We’d love to hear them!

written by shhquiet on 2011-02-25 in #lifestyle #digital #analogue #tips

14 Comments

  1. disdis
    disdis ·

    that's totally right!

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    :D

  3. the_detourist
    the_detourist ·

    fully agree!

  4. blormore
    blormore ·

    This is great! I do this already all the time

  5. npitman
    npitman ·

    I agree with some points, but it's going a bit too "hipster". It's nice to have a balance, books and vinyl are not for everyone, especially anyone who reads this and decides to adopt it purely as a fashion trend

  6. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    Point taken. But as I've noticed, it is just too easy to label anything analogue-related as a "hipster trend".

  7. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    I do the journaling bit :) It's good fun actually, I have a journal for everything and a lomo book I made for all my lomographs!

  8. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    I'm gonna try to go all analogue one of these days...

  9. bass_clarinet_2000
    bass_clarinet_2000 ·

    Vinyl. Aaah, I still have the old 78 player. Love it!

  10. sammy_a
    sammy_a ·

    bit ironic that this is online

  11. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    Hipster trend he he,,,I remember not having a dishwasher or microwave, a tv that only got 3 channels, there was no such thing as Internet, email and iPods. All we had were vinyl records and the radio for music. No cable tv either.

  12. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    This reminds me that I should listen to the EPs my mom found around the house (I usually listen to the radio on an old turntable I have in my room)... and I should keep up with my reading... I lost track two weeks ago.

    Am I hipster enough?

  13. born-to-ruin
    born-to-ruin ·

    Awesome, thats my picture! Only just noticed! Rad! Ta lomo!x

  14. paopao150
    paopao150 ·

    Rock-on :) Love Letters-- hand-written with Lomography photos as part of the designs :)

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