Jul 10, 2011

Digital Detox

Digital detox is harder than I thought. For 9 days I neglected my Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon and Linked In social networking sites while relaxing and having a great time with my wife and daughter in Southwest Florida. Letting go of the time consuming quest for new likes, fans and followers was quite refreshing. Unplugging as well as keeping my camera and gear at home was a conscious decision. I only fell off the wagon once when I checked my emails and sales. Instead of being glued to the computer I enjoyed spending this quality times with my loved ones, daily exercising, lazying around, thinking about photography and hacking out plans for the second half of 2011 (on a good old yellow legal pad). The social networking fast made me think about its benefits and short falls. I questioned what I actually create while being online. I am not quite sure yet where to go from here now but I will definitely spend more time on my nature photography blog or creating more beautiful photographs and less time on social media sites. I recommend a digital detox and social media fast for everybody and I will make it a tradition in the years to come.


  1. That's a fantastic idea, Juergen! I'm glad you've enjoyed and you did it!! Chapeau, Hut ab!! :-))
    LG, Susanne

  2. I highly recommend it Susanne. Of course the nice sunny weather in Florida and the nice people make things much easier ...

  3. I gotta tell ya, Juergen, I've been thinking about this post a lot. The idea is more and more appealing to me. I'm just plain tired and I feel like I am spending way too much time socializing and nowhere near enough time doing productive stuff. Feeling kinda disillusioned to be honest. I miss the days where people actually socialized face to face.
    As always, a wonderful post from you.

  4. Thanks Roni ... you should really try it. For the last months I was thinking about getting a smartphone so I could directly post from the road or the shoot. I think I am over it now and pass ... as I know myself I would kick over the tripod and camera dumping everything in a brook or miss shots because I am busy connecting. I love the nice and interesting people I met online though and all the artwork I get to see that inspires and I can learn from ... unthinkable of a few years ago ... glad you like the post.