• 如果突然停电 将会发生什么状况
  • 2014/6/5 9:29:03
  • 在信息技术无限发达的今天,人们习惯了手机日夜开机、网上时刻在线、音乐播放器随身携带的日子,数码电子产品和网络将人们的空闲时间一点点填满,人们虽忙碌不堪,却乐此不疲。不知你是否想过,如果哪天离开了手机、网络、音乐播放器,日子将会怎样?因无法和别人联系而抓耳挠腮?因无法在博客上发帖而无事可做?还是会因这偷来的“浮生一日闲”而窃喜不已?现在,就让我们随本文作者一同体验一番断网断电的日子……

    I decided to ignore the National Day of Unplugging—a 24-hour break from the Internet, TV, iPods, GPS and phones—on March 19, 2010 largely because I thought it was stupid. I hate those acts of righteous self-denial that people do just so they can brag about them: health cleanses, bow hunting, reclaiming your virginity. So when the organizers called me the following week and asked if I would participate as the first in a series of celebrity unpluggers, I immediately thought, “This is a fantastic idea.” If it went well, I’d be trading 24 hours offline for hundreds of hours of new self-Google results.
    When I told my lovely wife Cassandra I’d be electronically disappearing, she liked the idea so much, and she decided to do it too. “We’ll make love by candlelight,” she said. I was already changing my mind about this idea’s being stupid.
    Arranging my one day of not using email with the National Day of Unplugging people required 24 emails, two phone calls and one Facebook friendship acceptance. The day before I turned off, I talked to the guy behind the idea, Dan Rollman, who is also the founder of the Universal Record Data Base, the online competitor to Guinness World Records. He came up with unplugging as a way of respecting the Sabbath, without all the praying and not going to parties. Rollman, apparently, is working on a record for the most new ways to piss off the Creator. About 20 minutes into our conversation about the joys of jumping off the grid, I admitted to Rollman that not only had I been checking my email during our talk, but I also looked at Twitter, Facebook and the New York Times. “I did too,” he said. “I saw my phone beep, and I said, ‘I wonder what that’s all about.’” When I asked him what it was about, he said he couldn’t even remember. I had been outdueled in a game of phone ADD.
    Right before sundown on Friday, I used my printer more than I had the rest of the time I’ve owned it. I printed directions, calendars, phone numbers and notes for the book I’m writing, in case I needed to work on it. I clearly have lost all understanding of how long 24 hours is, and of the fact that I would never write anything longer than my name with a pen. A few minutes later, our babysitter showed up, and my wife Cassandra and I headed off to dinner. We were 11 minutes into our experiment when, sitting in traffic, Cassandra suggested we call the restaurant to tell them we’d be late. Then she started singing Lady Gaga songs a cappella. Then she came up with a Twitter joke she wanted me to memorize so she could send it out the next day. Still, it was nice to talk, or sit quietly with the option of talking, without the other person typing.
    At dinner, when Cassandra went to the bathroom, I had no clue what to do without a phone to pretend to be busy with. So I stared at people at nearby tables, which, while normal in 2000, is totally creepy now. But the real problem was trying to get to a party afterward. We got lost without the GPS, and by the time we got there, Cassandra’s friends had already left. “Joel, this is your fault,” Cassandra said many, many times. At 11:22 p.m., just four hours into our experiment, she turned on her phone and started mad texting. I could tell that we were not going to light even one candle.
    But by the next morning, Cassandra had come around. The idea of unplugging was good, she’d decided. It just had to be done without driving to parties, which, it turns out, is actually the way the Bible suggests. So I decided to tack on a second 24 hours. And other than a few urges to hit the computer to add a movie to my Netflix queue and find out if Switzerland uses the euro, I didn’t miss it. Sure, it’s a little boring to drive without texting, but I got to focus on driving really fast. And the day felt longer, with that slow, easy laziness you get only on vacation or Vicodin.
    When Sunday night arrived, I dreaded turning my computer back on. I knew it meant I’d have to do work or respond to emails from friends and family, i.e., more work. And while the main lesson I took away from my two days is that technology is a gift from God and should never be turned off—one simple text would have kept Cassandra’s friends at the party, which would have led to more drinking—I did learn that I’d rather hang out with my wife than find out every time someone retweets me. I don’t want to feel the need to respond to everything as soon as I can. But I do, of course, need everyone else to respond to my emails, texts and calls right away. That’s why I need to become a much, much bigger celebrity. So for now, my priority is spending all my time on Facebook and Twitter.

    就在周五日落之前,我疯狂地使用打印机,比我拥有这台打印机以来的其他任何一天都要频繁。我打印了路线图、日程表、电话号码,还有我正在撰写的书的写作笔记,以便在我写作时用得上。显然,我已经完全忘记了24小时到底有多长,也忘记了我再也无法用笔写出任何比我名字长的单词来了。几分钟之后,替我们照看孩子的保姆来了,于是,我和妻子卡桑德拉一起出去吃晚饭。不想路遇堵车,就在我们的断网断电实验刚刚进行了11分钟的时候,卡桑德拉提议打开电话,联系饭店,说我们晚到一会儿。接着,她开始清唱Lady Gaga的歌曲。后来,她又想到一个适合贴到Twitter上的笑话,她要我记住这个笑话,以便她第二天发到Twitter上。不管怎样,没有人在旁边噼里啪啦地打字,就这样聊聊天,或者只是静静地坐着,想聊的时候聊几句,感觉真不错。

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