Can you survive for 24 hours without your computer?

Uh, duhh! ¡Claro que no! But why would I want to? Well, the idea of Shutdown Day project is simple - just shutdown your computer for one whole day of the year and involve yourself in some other activities: outdoors, nature, sports, fun stuff with friends and family - whatever, just to remind yourself that there still exists a world outside your monitor screen. Really? Is this for real? I mean, the world I meet when I actually go outside makes me want to run back behind my monitor. But if you say so, I'll bite, when is it?

On May 3rd, which is a Saturday, keep your computer turned off and go outside. Oh, for those of you who don't venture out much, don't forget to put on some sunblock, the sun in Puerto Rico can be a killer. See, simple.

So why should I do this again? Shutdown Day is a Global Internet Experiment whose purpose is to get people to think about how their lives have changed with the increasing use of the home computer, and whether or not any good things are being lost because of this. Oh, that. What about if I just promise to think about it blog about it. Is that enough?

Want to do more than just turn off your computer on Shutdown Day? Then head over to the Shutdown Day website and learn how you can participate directly in making Shutdown a great success. Here's a little promotional video for the event:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Shutdown Day an anarchist idea?

Shutdown Day is not against the use of computers. We certainly believe that hospitals, schools, banks, stock markets, offices, and other computer-dependant entities should keep running on Shutdown Day. We only want the home-consumers to shutdown their computers. We are just saying that it would be nice to take time off for one day, to reflect and remember the other things in life that maybe we sometimes forget because we have come accustomed to a life dominated by our computer. Hmm, sounds pretty revolutionary to me...
Can I have it turned on, but not actually directly use it, you like it can be on and downloading some files off of BitTorrent?
Well I think the point too, is to maybe save some energy as well. You know the whole kill two birds thing.
How did this all get started?
Shutdown Day started off in early 2007, when Denis Bystrov, a computer programmer living in Montreal, Canada, realized that he spent too much time with his computer and wanted one day to spend entirely with his family.

Denis then teamed up with his friends Michael Taylor, a former trade floor occupant in stock markets in London, England and David Bridle, a part time film maker from Cardiff, Wales, to throw up a challenge on the Internet, through the website, called The idea was simple:

"Do you think you can stay away from your computers for at least 24 hours a day, and if yes, can you pledge to do so?"

What began as an innocent question, fire-balled into a mammoth Internet chain reaction, drawing millions of viewers from across the world. Here is a summary of the results from the Shutdown Day 2007 campaign:

* The Shutdown Day website received more than 1.6 million visitors in the one month of the campaign.
* More than 65,000 people participated in the campaign by actually shutting down their computers for 24 hours on the 24th of March, 2007.
* Shutdown Day promotional clip was broadcast on YouTube and received more than 1.1 million hits.
* 450,000 visitors signed up for country locator on Shutdown Day website.
* The idea of Shutdown Day featured on more than 200,000 online forums discussions, and also in television interviews, and popular media, including Globe and Mail, CNN, Fox News and TV5.

Shutdown Day was founded with the sole purpose of spreading awareness about the pitfalls and dangers that lie in the excessive use of television, computers, and computing equipment like game boxes, cell phones, music players, online social websites, etc. that impinge on social space and interaction amongst our communities.
Oh and by the way, in case you're keeping score at home, this is our 500th post. Two thumbs way up for Dondequiera!

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DarK SouL

17 de abril de 2008, 18:38
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I work with my computer, I entertain myself (and touch myself) with the aid of a computer, soo, ummm. I dont think so.

This initiative is as stupid as asking to go a day without driving, or without using shoes.