Going Offline!

I am not much of a technology person, and when I say so I literally mean that. You can call me technologically challenged too, but when time comes I do battle with all the advances that our technology has made and feel like I don’t know anything at all. All the same, I somehow manage to get my things done. I am pretty sure there are many people like me, who would rather let things be easy without the technology hassle.

But while technology has given us so many ways to make life easier for us, it has also given us 100 different ways of entertainment, not to forget innumerable sites and pages for social interaction, which finally brings me to my todays thoughts, which more or less bounce around the time that we waste/socialize in there. It might come out like I call socializing as a waste of time (and believe me if I could say so, I would.) but I am not saying so, but this has indeed and very sadly messed up with our minds and the way how we live our life.

And thinking over this I have been very determinedly trying to reduce my time wasted, glued to my phone. Nah-ah, it wasn’t my new years resolution which I am going to be trying for a couple of months and then leave it, rather I have been doing it for a few months now, and gradually I have reduced the time from a few shocking hours to a minimal time of 49 minutes a day, which mostly involved work related calls and texts, and also, very little time chatting over friends, not to forget a little bit of online reading.


I have reduced my Facebook- Instagram- Twitter and any other socializing app, time to bare minimum, and only once a week. I was never much of a person who would fret over likes, comments on a post, but even then these apps have had an impact on me. And truthfully, without them it is, so, so peaceful! Even before though, I wouldn’t post anything there often, neither would I give them more than half an hour to them each day. But of course even this seemed more to me and hence the decision.

And believe me, it is so much more relaxing without all of them on my phone. Honestly, I feel that they give us a wrong and misguided direction in following how we ought to live our lives, how many friends we need to have, how much flawless we need to be, and even significantly to give importance to the fact that what others think of us.


I am not saying that social media is wrong; I am simply saying it was being unhealthy for me recently, and thus the effort. I must say- so far, so good 😉



Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

37 thoughts on “Going Offline!

  1. I hear u…and I can so relate. Am technologically challenged too. have been to get off social media and have reduced it to quite a bit. Just do reading of WordPress blogs. Just got my daughter to download the app that you’ve talked about to make a conscious effort. Thanks for this Moushmi 🙂 Can get more work done now.

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  2. I agree with you. Virtual world is very addictive and it diverts us from our real purposes. Thats a great decision you made. Keep it up. May Allah bless you

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  3. I so agree. I have consciously done that a while ago and lowered my social interaction. Funny while reading this post the iPhone gave me the message I am down 18% from last week. Here is to a clutter free life.
    On a separate note I watched the 7 episode web series Yeh meri family. A must watch series set in the late nineties. And the kids there had no cell phones and entertainment was limited to Sunday TV and mostly family time and outing. It was so cool

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  4. I agree social media or socializing in itself gets so unproductive. Being offline works and meeting few real people…need to check my notification to see how I can work on cutting screen time 🙂 Even technology is so complicated for me and prefer simple things of getting the job easy. Also, not on Insta and unsure whether I should join or not. Your post resonates me Moushmi:)

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  5. I personally don’t use my phone for anything except for calls and text messages and emails — 90% work-related. I’m not even active in social media, I don’t even have an FB account. 🙂 So apart from work-related stuff, my phone is pretty useless. 😉

    Nice read. 🙂

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  6. After closing my FB account some months past, Moushmi, I have WP for social networking! That’s enough for me! I spend very little time on my phone, which, like yours gives me pleasure, but, does not control.
    Technology is great. Peace and quiet is greater! Love this post. 🙂

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