By Edward Cardenas
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Brian Hiss is traveling the country in classic VW van talking to technology companies, and consumers, about finding a balance between being connected online and living in the moment.
Hiss is driving 10,000 miles across the country in a 1977 VW bus visiting 20 cities as part of the Experience People digital enlightenment movement.
“Technology should aid your experience, not be the experience,” said Hiss, who is a successful tech entrepreneur and creator of Experience People.
He stated that Americans spend 40 minutes a day on Facebook , and nine hours daily on digital media.
If users of digital media cut that in half, they could save over 200 hours a year, he stated.
“Take that 200 hours and start planning your own adventure instead of living vicariously through all your friends,” he stated.
If people want to unplug, some of Hiss’ recommendations include:
- Turn off phone notifications to not be interrupted during the day,
- Turn off email,
- Instead of using the camera phone, bring a digital SLR camera to capture the moment.
Hiss added that many of the businesses have been receptive to his message because, “having a connected workforce, but having a productive workforce which is about a work-life balance.”
As he has traveled the country in a vintage van, he has found the “joy is meeting new people.” But the “pain” has been working on the air-cooled engine which has provided a few break-downs along the way.