From now until next April, I am trying to live without a digital footprint. I’m using multiple pay as you go phones, which I’m replacing every four weeks. I have several different laptops, which I use for different things. I pay for everything in cash, which I take out every month from the same cash machine. I buy a daily travel card (in cash). There is still, of course, a digital footprint of sorts, but it’s incredibly difficult to link everything together, and I will be scrambling my IP address and using the laptops only in set locations for specific purposes.
After not having technology in the conventional way for only a week, I cannot exaggerate enough how different and isolating life is. There's nohaving a smart phone on me at all times, able to entertain and distract me at any moments pause. No laptop to stare at in the evenings. None of my favourite music, all available at the click of a button. No Google Maps or Uber. No emails. Instead I can store 35 texts on my phone, play Suduko (it doesn’t save) and I even have to teach my phone the word "iPhone". Non-smart phone options aren’t great.