Why is the Freedom app so popular? – Slate Magazine

Why is the Freedom app so popular? – Slate Magazine.

Can We Really Unplug?

The illusion of Internet freedom.

How many people made New Year’s resolutions to spend less time on the Internet? Yet another friend recently recommended that I try Freedom, the popular program that “locks” you off the Internet. The ubiquitousness of this program, which calls itself “a simple productivity application,” feels ominous to me. It somehow brings to mind the Ionesco play, Rhinoceros, where one by one the townspeople turn into rhinoceroses.

I don’t in any way question why anyone would want Freedom. The addictive, mindless thrill of the Internet is clear: Why work when you can go on email or check the weather? We are, in Eliot’s words, “distracted from distraction by distraction.” With this program, the longest you can be barred from the Internet is eight hours, so the particular freedom it is offering is not crazy or excessive. You do not, in the reassuring world of Freedom, spend, say, an entire day offline

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One response to “Why is the Freedom app so popular? – Slate Magazine

  1. you maybe intrested in DigitalSilence – 3days without technology.
    or regular 3hours without tech called DigitalSilence – Lite
    http://digitalsilence.wordpress.com/

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