Why We Don’t Have Internet Connection at Home Anymore

Hi guys,

Check out the article I wrote for MavenMall.com, on how Facebook has taken over our lives, and why Shmuel and I decided to get rid of our internet connection at home.  Happy 20th, Internet.  You’re legal now, so it’s time to leave the nest.

We still have our iPhones & 3G for emergencies, but really.  There’s no such thing as an urgent email anymore.

Now I’m looking forward to spending more time with my husband and kids, getting more sleep, being less stressed – though it will take more planning to get everything done in the office.  Thank Gd for scheduled tweets (see my post on How to Save Time And Stay Social).  Technology is advanced enough that we don’t need to be on it 24-7.

I’m a bit of an internet addict/workaholic, and as any 12-stepper knows, you can’t trust yourself when your addiction is in the home.  No one who lives with an alcoholic uses mouthwash; that would be placing a stumbling block before the blind.

How will we do it?  Well, Shmuel has an office, and I’ll be working there as well as at Starbucks, or anywhere there’s wifi.  During office hours.  And occasionally I may have to hire a sitter to stay home if Shmuel’s filming out of town so that I can leave to teach a social media class via Skype to a client in Australia.

What I won’t be doing is slipping in an email while I’m hanging out with my kids, or squinting into the broad daylight of my computer screen at midnight so that I can’t fall asleep until 2AM.

Here we go.  I’ll keep you posted and let you know if there are any withdrawal symptoms.  🙂

While you’re here, check out the DaytoDisconnect video that Shmuel Hoffman made with Gi Orman, and also the Portlandia Technology Loop clip.


48 Responses to "Why We Don’t Have Internet Connection at Home Anymore"

  1. Margelit, you are an inspiration…
    The whole idea of an office is revolutionary. Who works in an office anymore.
    May you be blessed in this effort and please keep us posted about how it goes!
    PS. And thanks for sharing this on MavenMall – the only commercial website that publishes articles discouraging Internet use 🙂

  2. That’s so funny. Would never have thought that you would post this. I love you.

  3. Chana@JewishMom.com says:

    to quote my favorite social media consultant, “Awesome.” Kol hakavod to you guys.

  4. Eldad says:

    You guys are great

  5. Ron Marans says:

    I think you have just given a lot of people *a lot* to think about.

  6. LOL! Writing this from Starbucks BTW.

  7. David Ordan says:

    We also got rid of the internet from our home about 2 months ago – and we are still living and breathing! Amazing! Good move. Kein Yirbu. I have an office offsite, where I do my freelance writing work. I leave the computer there. It has a filter with only my wife knowing the password. It is possible and easier than you think to get the internet out of your house!

    David Ordan

  8. wow! kol hakavod! let me know how it goes.. i wouldnt even know how to begin.. xoxo z

  9. Chayim says:

    Ich werde ganz ehrlich zu Ihnen war ich überrascht, um etwas zu lesen, damit nicht hoffman vor allem nach dem Umzug an die amerikanische Teich Übersee mögen. Dann las ich es wieder und es scheint sinnvoll eine Geste für jemanden, der ständig in das soziale Netzwerk Szene ist. Ich werde respektieren Ihre Entscheidungen natürlich, aber es hat mich überrascht muss ich sagen. Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Glück mit diesem anspruchsvoll bemühen

  10. Chaya V says:

    Good for you for knowing what’s best for you to keep your boundaries of work and family!

  11. Aviva B says:

    Outstanding article, Margelit. May Hashem help you (and us all) find a healthy balance for our ruchniyus and the gashmiyus which serves it. I actually wrote an article about three weeks ago (happened to be it was on 17 Tamuz, but only afterwards did I really realize the connection) about the impact I feel marketing oneself has on my connection to ruchniyus. For anyone who feels strongly about this topic: http://www.debi-z.com/2011/07/19/how-do-i-work-in-marketing-and-remain-a-deep-person/

  12. Ima2seven says:

    I loved your article, Margelit, and it gives pause for much thought. Thought which has led me to my own post, but the decision-making on the matter is still a work in progress. Yasher Koach!

    “Facebook & Orthodox Judaism” http://www.ima2seven.com/?p=743

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  14. […] Gi Orman of BiG Productions came to me and asked me if I would like to become a part of a super exciting project: Encouraging people to get off their mobile phones and other electronic devices for at least an hour in order to connect to family and friends without any internet and email interuption. I couldn’t be more thrilled about such a project as you can imagine. Especially since I’m such a BEFUERWORTER for using email and phone responsibly and getting rid of our internet at home as you can read about HERE. […]

  15. yangholland says:

    I do support your idea, it is inspiration and time to think about how to live our life in 21th century, it is different rather than in 20th at least.

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