The Twenties

Hoo harr, it’s the twenties, again! Today I start my 2020 digital detox.

Throughout the year, I hope to minimise my use of digital technology and the way that I view the world in general.

I will continue to check emails, but only once-a-day and on my computer. I will stop using WhatsApp and Signal on my mobile devices. I will not be using my smartphone much at all. Instead, I will make use of the Punkt MP-02 phone, gifted to me by the Swiss-based company. It does three things very well.

  1. Make and receive phone calls.
  2. Send and receive text messages.
  3. Allow 4G mobile data tethering.

I will continue to post the odd update to Instagram, mostly to keep Punkt appraised of my progress in using their product. Still, other than that, I will only use social media for work-related purposes, and a little research when necessary.

Lastly, I am going to remove any news sources from my digital devices, and I intend to stop watching and listening to mainstream news media. I’m not burying my head in the sand; I need to turn down the volume, and I want to see if it will make a difference to how I move through the world in 2020. 

Even my photography will be 80% analogue. For the foreseeable future, I will shoot on my Olympus Trip 35 cameras using colour and black and white film; I am developing a photo project on this as I write this. I’m also going to make use of my old Sony A-200 DSLR and my Canon G9X Mark II. I am going to produce a lot more imagery over the next twelve months.

So, here we are, a new decade as well as a new year. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

Until next time, adieu.