Could you live without daily electronic conveniences -- Twitter, Facebook, email, texting and more -- for 90 days? Jake P. Reilly, a 24-year-old copywriting student at the Chicago Portfolio School, did just that.
From October to December, he unplugged from social media, email, texts, and cell phones because he felt that we spend more quality time with gadgets and keyboards than we do with the people we really care about.
During his social experiment, he found that some people he counted among his close friends really weren't that close after all. He also discovered that taking a break from his relationship with social media and really paying attention to the people around him can revive real-life romance.
I spoke with Reilly over the phone this weekend about his 90-day project, what he learned from living without electronic leashes and how it changed his life.
You mean that not dicking around on the internet all day can improve your love life? That the best way to find out whether or not you actually like people is to talk to them? Fuck me sideways, the world's a funny place.
Anyway, 90 days my arse. I spent 32 years with no internet and have spent 47 and counting without a mobile phone. I'm a deaf mute, me, in modern terms.