You read that right, the McMillans plan on living every day like it’s 1986, for at least a year, and not in some vague, “listen-to-The Bangles-and-wear-some-Spandex kind of way, but in a manner that is deliberate and drastic and all-encompassing.” In other words, they have given up all technology that was introduced to the world after 1986. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Blair and his family don’t have internet or 24-hour news channels in their house. Instead, they have an old 1980’s TV set encased in a wooden cabinet and a “ghetto blaster” cassette player that plays songs from back in the day rather than modern hits.
They’ve thrown out their cell phones, mail real letters instead of sending emails, and knock on people’s doors instead of following them on Facebook. They use film-based cameras and navigate by map instead of using a GPS navigation system. Giving up all these gadgets that made their life so comfortable wasn’t easy, and Blair is first to admit that it took several weeks to shake the feeling that someone was constantly calling or texting him.
“The strangest thing without having a cellphone is that I could almost feel my pocket vibrating and I wanted to check my pocket,” he said. But at the same time, the experience has brought the family closer and given them an opportunity to talk to each other more.