Oddly enough, IDC2009 coincided with my internet access being temporarily disabled at my apartment…which was followed by a crazed decision to continue attempting going about daily life without permanent network privileges for four weeks.

Having spent the majority of my high school and college life hard-wired to the instantaneity of the Internet, I have taken its ease and accessibility for granted. In short, the experience was excruciating.

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The worst part was not being able to check my inbox or compose emails at whim–I’d have to wait until the end of to workday to hit up a computer lab, coffee shop, or friends’ apartment with wireless access.

It changed my workflow entirely. I lost the ability to complete incoming tasks whenever I pleased. Instead, I had to let them collect and at some scheduled point in the day, I had to sit down and just pile-drive through them. Goodbye, procrastination. Perhaps this improved my productivity, but keeping a mental register of “things to do when I have Internet” was so taxing that it it made for an incredibly poor tradeoff.

At the height of my digital disconnect, I had misplaced my cellphone; I was a walking dead zone in my own home. It felt like I was in one of those Verizon commercials mixed in with the gloom & doom of a Stephen King thriller.

While I was offline, I had the opportunity to review many of the IDC presentations and reflect upon the necessity of technological progress within a society subject to increasing globalization and widespread mobile connectivity.

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