Disconnecting to Discover ‘The Joy of Missing Out’


As a business owner, a blogger, and a mom that socializes far too much on Facebook, I spend a lot of time online. No matter where I am, the call of email, articles, silly tweets, and iMessage is available to me via phone, laptop, or computer. I am always connected.

In 2012, a mom-of-three and freelance writer, Christina Crook disconnected from the online world for 31 days. She turned off her phone, her laptop, and wrote letters on a  typewriter that she sent to a friend (via snail mail!), who then uploaded onto a blog. The project might seem extreme to many, but it became the inspiration for Christina’s new book called “The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World“.

The beautifully written book focuses on how technology impacts our lives and the lives of our children, the relationships we have, our communities, our health, and our world. The author examines how we use technology, and in turn, how it uses us. The lack of balance and harmony in our lives is directly connected to our dependance on our online world.

Christina Crook  reminds us to maintain healthy screen habits, and limit our personal time online. Although it might seem difficult to do so, disconnecting can be a breath of fresh air in our digital world. It might remind us of simpler times, when we didn’t keep the internet in our purses, and instead appreciated the time spent outside, personal time for reading books and playing with our children.

How often do you disconnect from the online world? Could you do an internet fast?

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7 thoughts on “Disconnecting to Discover ‘The Joy of Missing Out’

  1. You know sometimes I think I could leave it all, and just do my own thing. But I have left my blog for a few days and then started to feel like I was missing it. Now that is unusual for me because I have a love hate relationship with my blog. I enjoyed your article on the book, you are a very good writer. And you made me want to read the book.

  2. I’d be very interested in reading that book, and I’d love to take a challenge like that, although I’d probably still use my computer for writing.

    When I was in China for a month, I couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter, Google, or YouTube, and email was very limited. I found it very freeing. I loved it!

  3. I’ve already set up time frames wwhen we shut down our online use. We go a week without. My daughter told me she felt so stress free and actually had more face to face communication with friends and family. We’ve become too isolted with the technology we use anymore.
    Carol L

  4. “The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World“ sounds like an interesting read. I am usually online for several hours a day, but I could definitely do an internet fast.