On more digital sanity — by Afterlife in Belgium

End of February, coinciding with Corona, I handed in my work phone. I switched to a pre-paid and ran out of credit. 

I felt, you know, those happy hormones – after a good run, good sex or really good food – just a little more protracted, spread out.  

And relief. 

I used to work with the press and news commonly never sleeps. 

Without credit, I can’t make calls, and only connect when I have Wi-Fi.

I think we should introduce a right to unavailability. Just like, in the digitised age, we should have a right to forget. Who came up with the idea to be permanently available? Well, I guess we all know. 

Surely, we loose our individualism in the most positive of senses, and become submerged in a mist of unreflective but highly additive clicks. 

I hope many more make the same experience I made. 

I hope we realise we can actually create all sorts of meaningful communities. People with talents have made powerful use of their devices, in times of physical distancing. 

From gaming (nothing against a healthy pinch) and gracing your avatar to empowering a medium by floating it with human empathy and kindness. 

Essentially an inversion: instead of asking what my smart phone can do for me, wondering what I can do for others through my device. Or: human powered by artificial intelligence.

Now, reader, go on, tweet, post, or design your story and use these hashtags: Not just #alonetogether but #togetheralone.

Joseph, 32, Belgium