“I find it refreshing to unplug from it for a while. You kind of forget how deeply you get embedded into it.” – Will Wright
Where were you on 28 September 2016?
For most people in South Australia, we were in total darkness. A once-in-50-year storm left the whole state without power after damaging electricity lines and interconnectors (going from Adelaide to other parts of the state).
Employees were sent home from work – what could we do without our computers? – kids were picked up from school, and we all drove home cautiously with no traffic lights to signal peak hour traffic safely through intersections, to sit in candlelit rooms waiting for the gale force winds, rain, hail and the lightning to pass.
For some, it was a chance to catch up on much-needed sleep or meditation or you know what WINK; for others, time to finally read that book they’d been putting off (be it by torchlight).
For us, it was an opportunity to put down the phone or iPad and connect with our loved ones face-to-face. We caught up on what was going on in everyone’s life, we played board games until the kids went to bed, we listened to the transistor radio for updates and we all ate sandwiches by candlelight without the interruption of the television screen blaring in front of us.
That was the night we realised we were missing something, that we needed to make a change and it’s actually a good thing to unplug from technology from time to time.
The blackout was difficult for most but also became a reminder for many of what life was like before technology invaded our personal lives. The blackout brought kindness in a time of stress, it brought families together, and it might have even saved relationships. To this day some families continue the nights of no technology.
Studies have shown that spending too much time connected online can harm relationships, alter the way we communicate, and can also impact our mental health. With a digital detox, you’ll sleep better, have better conversations, rediscover the world around you and reconnect with the people who mean the most.
That’s why at CABN, we won’t be offering Wi-Fi, but we will guarantee a better connection.
This is your chance to relax, rediscover and reconnect. Come join us at CABN.