This "No Media Mondays" idea sounds tempting to me

By on Jul 24th

Thanks to Rachael for adding this photo of her computer room to our Offbeat Home Flickr pool!

Puddle jumping, painting, reading, fairy hunting in the woods… what are you missing out on by being glued to a screen (TV and computer) most days? One Offbeat Mama decided to find out what life has in store BEYOND Facebook, email, Pinterest, and television by implementing "No Media Mondays."

In the back of my head there was that nagging guilt of having [my daughter] see my daily media use. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. But would I want a teenage version of her spending as much time attached to a screen as I do? Absolutely not.

While I'm not quite ready to give it up altogether, I decided to make a change in my habits at least once a week. I started No Media Mondays in our house. This is a day once a week that we completely unplug. My computer is never opened, the TV stays off, and though I keep my phone on me for safety reasons, I don't use it for anything other than that. Even my car radio is turned off and replaced by my terrible singing voice or just talking. It was a scary prospect. You really don't think about the time that you spend — five minutes here, 10 minutes there — using electronics. A day without media doesn't seem totally overwhelming, but when faced with the actual reality of it, it seemed uncomfortable.

You know what? It wasn't as hard as I thought.

Head over to Offbeat Mama to read the rest. And then tell me — are you inspired to start a No Media day of your own? I'm not gonna lie: the thought is super tempting.

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About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.