ANSWERS: 28
  • I have thought about it. But, I think the idea of it is way better than the reality of it. I honestly don't think I could do it.
  • Phones I could very much do without. It's doubtful I could survive without my PC, Music, TV and DVDs for a long period of time.
  • Sounds like Lord of The Flies to me. That would sound like a great and interesting to me. It would be a great challenge, but I've done it before, but only for a short amount of time, and that was in the BSA.
  • The trouble is you would be lucky to find a chunk of land anywhere even remotely tolerable that you could buy without a mortgage and therefore a jo therefore a phone therefore a computer etc.!!!
  • yeah, well my brother is living in a perma-culture farm. and i have a lot of respect for that and i would love to do it and could but probably not for very long. like maybe a month... it is definitely something i would like to do before i die.
  • I think it's a horrible idea and can never understand why anybody would want to do it.
  • Yes, I really have. I don't own a cell phone as a result of that need to get away from the reliance on technology. It's a small getaway, but not having to stop my world for a ringing phone when I'm on walkabout like every one of my friends is a sweet relief. I think I could walk away from most technology. I don't watch tv all that much. I don't have a home PC, so that wouldn't be a big deal, and I hate talking on the phone too much. The only thing I couldn't give up is my car, because I live in a small town that doesn't have a decent grocery store.
  • If I was very determined, just as Thoreau was, I could do it. At this point in time, I have too much worry that I am going to die without experiencing much in my life, so I wouldn't choose to do less. Not now.Right now I am too focused on just the opposite; doing more. Now that you mention it... I should take uncle Thoreau's experience to heart... Fantastic question.
  • I think if I tried I would just wither away and die from lack of food. How far back in the past would really determine whether I would survive. No modern technology could mean a lot of things.
  • I've wanted to. I own a farm in East Texas, and, YES, it's paid for. I have invested in some alternative energy sources but I'm far from self-sufficient. I have no land line currently there and no Internet. My cellphone gets no reception there. I go into technology withdrawal for the first four hours each time I go home there. . . then it's over. So, I could do it and I choose not to. I live for my family, then my music. Make the offer self-sufficient with geothermal airconditioning and solar/wind power, I'd go for it. In fact, that's my plan for retirement.
  • I have thought about that. I've thought about it recently. But I think the motives behind my thoughts are for the wrong reasons. I don't believe I could do it long term.
  • I think I would enjoy it... for about a month. :) I don't think I would like to live my life like that. Oh wait, we have to kill our food too? no forget it, probably not even a month.
  • Not the Technology so much but definately walk away from my world and life . Which is what I intend to do very shortly.
  • I could live without modern technology--and have at various times in my life. I couldn't, wouldn't want to go to the trouble of living off the land.
  • Yes, as a survival instructor I have done it with 20 feet of snare wire and a knife. After three weeks, I was more comfortable than I needed to be to survive.
  • Walk away from technology? Yes! I've done it many times. But, since leaving the service I've been without tech only on vacations. Like Bookdoc it takes a few hours (maybe days) to withdraw, but after that it's fine. No,I wouldn't want to live off the land. That takes up too much of the time I would like to use to enjoy my solitude. P.
  • definitely, i have wanted to be stranded on a deserted island my whole life , it is like a lifetime goal or something, finding a place...harder than it seems
  • As a former military survival instructor, I used to teach stone age technology, so yes, I could do it, but as a computer programmer and avid amateur astronomer, I like modern technology. I would like to get a patch of land in the Pelly Mountains of Canada's Yukon Teritorries, build a well insulated high tech home that generates its own power, has its own satellite uplink, has its own water well, etc., a place where I can step outside into the vast wilderness, or step inside and be connected to the whole world.
  • We did do it in the 80's, homesteading 40 acres without electricity or running water and raised our 2 sons there. I'm still in the country, have a phone, electricity and obviously a computer, but don't have a cell phone or any other technological gadgets. I can't stand owning anything that comes with a contract or a 90 page instruction booklet in 4 languages!
  • No way. Beacuse without technology you can't find a job, associate with friends or family member's,and you couldn't find out what is going on in the world. Plus you will die without it.
  • I have thought about it many times. I really think it is the sanitary fixtures I would miss the most.
  • I tell you to go to SERE school before you think about the romantic notion of living off the land. SERE stands for Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape. I had the "pleasure" of doing this last February in Maine. Survival with no modern amenities or tools is hard dangeorus business. Don't forget you have to walk away from modern medicine and emergency medical services too. There's a reason why modern technology is so rampant and quickly replaces traditonal culture when the two meet.
  • When I think "Thoreau", yes...I have wanted to. But then I think "Kozinski" (as in Uni-Bomber) and I change my mind.
  • We did that back in the 70s. We lived without electricity for 6 years and grew or raised most of our food and horsepacked our supplies into our property. It was awesome! Hard but a lot of fun. Then again, I was younger back then and up to it. I still subscribe to the best magazine for what they call modern day homesteaders, Countryside (NOT the fancy slick mag with photos in it) It's all about building your home, raising animals, veggies, using alternative methods, home health care, all sorts of goodies. It's still how I wish we could lead our lives.
  • Yes. I'd have a helluva transition though. I'd need some good seeds to grow my food and plenty to eat while waiting on the first harvest. I guess if it was an island I could fish. I'd probably have more fortune with that than say, land mammals. Fish are more plentiful. I'd need a woman with me too otherwise no deal.
  • That'd be sweet, if I had the intelligence and all that to survive I'd probably do it, but the only way I'd do that is from a shipwreck horror story, or if I was that disgusted with civilization.
  • 5-9-2017 I spent summers of my teen years working a mine forty miles out in the desert and I have had my fill of it. Of course that was back when nobody had computers or cellphones. (They did have tv in big cities.) Here is a picture of the place: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/az/images/castledome.jpg
  • I could but I wouldn't want to

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