Offline Enroute

Have you ever made the ‘mistake’ of boarding a plane without a fully charged smartphone,
tablet or even a book !?

I did not think I’d write about the ‘good ol’ days’ at the ripe age of 30 but anyone disconnected from modern technology and remembers what that felt like it would probably understand – You CAN live without your smart phone! I write this sitting in seat 11e on a BA flight from Lisbon to Heathrow. That means I have 2 hours to kill and not even the window seat to gaze through. The guy to my right by the window has closed the blind so he can see the drama period he is watching on his tablet better. The guy to my left has spent the entire flight staring at his crotch where his iPadcurrently lives. That can not be good for your neck! The movie in flight is quite dull and repetitive. It consists of a map of the flight path and cuts between different angles and images of an iconised plane moving slowly across the map. I ask the friendly air hostess if they supply headphones without any joy, then ” Maybe a newspaper?”

“I’m sorry sir we do not supply any in entertainment entertainment any more … just the ‘high life shopping magazine'” which was not the sort of reading material I was looking for.

From my seat alone I see children playing battle ships (on thier phones) about Base ball on mobiles. Action drama’s on laptops. Kindles, mp3 players and a few, only a few reading newspapers. Oddly, of the 20 or so people I see none engaging in the ancient art of conversation. The only words I’ve heard someone say to eachother since I took off was “I have a diet coke” in a child like the voice of the man to the right of when asked if I would like to drink, and an inaudible mumble from the man to the left when asked the same. OK I’m not looking back with rose tinted glasses I remember being a child and finding it terribly embarrassing when my mother decided to try and strike up a conversation with everybody on the plane. I relished the hour or so my GameboyI had battery so I could shut off society for a short time and enter my own little world. What is everyone doing?

Grown men closing the window on the plane so they can loose themselves in war games! People seem to be disconnecting from the world around them, using constant media entertainment instead of sharing stories and finding out if the person next to them is interesting or not. This experience has confirmed my suspicion. I would prefer to disconnect from technology for a while and look around instead. Would a digital detox work for you? If not, you are too scared. Like the embarrassed child avoiding being forced into unwanted conversation.

My conclusion is maybe the people sitting next to me are not interesting. Have nothing of great value to say. The conversation is difficult. The mumbling guy gave nothing away from a distainful look as if to say ” wha ‘I have to look away from my screen for 12 seconds … WTF do you think your doing”.

Maybe they could have an excitable conversation about a TV show they watched last night, or a game they are addicted to. I’m not sure, you’d hope we’d have something in common, we’re doing the same flight! I think I will try and get some entertainment from falling asleep and seeing if the guy to my right (who I have now decided is probably called Phil) will share his shoulder with me that would be nice and sociable would not it!

So I survived the flight without technology and left the plane with all of my limbs and sanity in tact. No I did not run straight for a plug socket to charge my phone or desperately run around looking for a wifi connection. I did however notice that taxi pick up and transfer guys are starting to use tablets as clients call clients. I almost had to ask “what is wrong with a piece of paper?” before I realized I could just smugly walk away thinking how funny it would be if thier battery died, leading them to practice the ancient art of writing. Remember that from the good ol ‘days !? I wonder if they still teach in schools.

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Our off-line experiences take place in the Southwest of Portugal near the beautiful town of Aljezur, Tenerife in Canary islands and in India. The workshops can be booked online and they will take place in Lisbon The Offline dinners run once a month and you can reserve your place Here. Our festival will be placed not far from Aljezur in the middle of the beautiful mountains in Monchique. The spiritual guidance sessions are available to current offliners (Ex Offline House guests) and can be done via a Skype call. We believe that the first meeting should be done off-line so join one o four events or experiences and then we can follow you upo n your journey with an online guidance.

 

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