Getaway

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Getaway offers simply escapes to tiny cabins nestled in nature. Awesome! What an excellent way to get away and #forgetcomputers.

We're bummed that Getaway is currently only available in the areas of Boston, New York, and DC. However, what's stopping us from creating a getaway in our own neck of the woods!

Five Reasons to Take a Break from Screens

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Every year in late spring, people from around the world choose to take a fresh look at their relationship with electronic media. They do so by participating in Screen-Free Week, which this year starts on April 30. This annual “media detox” began in 1994, when it was called TV-Turnoff Week, and has found renewed relevance in the age of smartphones. Read the full article here.

  1. Present-moment awareness
  2. Improved sleep
  3. Deepened connections
  4. Productivity and learning
  5. Breaking the habit

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

We want to keep this space positive, but feel obligated to spread the word on this story.

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected
Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.

SUMMARY: If this all sounds like bad news, it’s because it absolutely is bad news. To make matters worse, the researchers calculated some of their conclusions conservatively. The future will only get more dire if the internet of things takes off and many more devices are hitting up the cloud for data.

ACTION STEPS: The bottom line is we need to buy less, and engage less [digitally], for the health of this entire planet.

Center for Humane Technology

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If you believe (like we do) that technology is hijacking our minds, then you gotta check-out http://humanetech.com/.

The Center for Humane Technology is a world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders who are working to reverse the digital attention crisis and realign technology with humanity's best interest.

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Take control of your phone. Try these simple changes to live more intentionally with your devices right now. http://humanetech.com/take-control/

Be Aware ... of Technology

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The future-world behavior of humans as envisioned by the creatives at Pixar in their 2008 movie, WALL-E is becoming increasingly too familiar. People of all ages are spending hours staring (often mindlessly) at a digital screen. In the streets of Chicago, I've sees mothers (or nannies) staring at their smartphones while pushing their babies who are laying in a stroller absorbed in a tablet screen! Way too often I encounter people who can't navigate stairs without pausing to stop (traffic) and stare at their handheld screens. We like to think this only happens to others, but there's a good change we've all fallen prey to losing track of time and attention while staring at the virtual worlds of Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and like. It's not healthy, it's not good, and we need to start consciously deciding when, where and how we use technology.

When you're in a safe and proper place for reading, check out this article from Vox by Ezra Klein

How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us

“Technology feels disempowering because we haven’t built it around an honest view of human nature,” says tech critic Tristan Harris.

Welcome!

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Do you feel it? The burning desire to disconnect from technology and reconnect with family, friends, family, and nature? To nourish your inner thoughts, dreams, and desires? To live free of distracting technologies? To unplug from the world's chatter and protect — uninterrupted — the limited time we all share together?

#forgetcomputers was created to encourage the use of technology as a way to live a more satisfied life. Find balance in your use of technology. Live your life in the moment. Enjoy the pleasure of real-world human interaction. Spread the word — #forgetcomputers!

Our Mission
To encourage the use of technology in ways that complements, rather than dominates, life. To help people experience being in the moment, interacting with others, and participating in the world without getting lost in technology.