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Do Nothing For 2 Minutes Challenges You To Do Nothing

by Sean P. Aune | January 22, 2011January 22, 2011 4:00 pm PST

Do Nothing For 2 MinutesDo Nothing For 2 Minutes offers you a simple challenge that you can’t miss as it’s the name of the site.

Can you keep yourself from touching your computer for two minutes? That’s exactly what Do Nothing For 2 Minutes wants to see if you’re capable of, and let me tell you folks, it isn’t easy. In this hyperconnected world of ours, pulling your hands away from your computer can be somewhat of a challenge, but that’s exactly what creator Alex Tew and developer Ben Dowling want to see if you’re capable of.

When you head to the site you are presented with a serene ocean view and the sound of waves.  It’s all very zen, and you are told to sit back and relax without touching your mouse or keyboard, and then a two minute timer begins counting down.  Of course, being the curious sort, I immediately touched my keyboard and was shown “FAIL” in large red letters, and the clock reset itself.  If you manage to make it the whole time you are presented with the message you see to the right.  (I cheated, I just turned the site on and used another computer on my desk while the clock ran.  Perhaps they need to add a webcam to the mix?)

Speaking to TechCrunch, Alex Tew had the following to say about his creation:

I had been thinking how we spend every waking minute of the day with access to an unlimited supply of information, to the point of information overload. i also read somewhere that there is evidence that our brains are being re-wired by the internet, because we get a little dopamine kick every time we check our e-mail or Twitter or Facebook and there’s a new update. So we’re all developing a bit of ADD. which is probably not great in terms of being productive.

If Tew sounds familiar to you, it’s because he created the Million Dollar Homepage in 2005 to help him pay for college.  The site had one million pixels on it which you could buy for a $1 each.  People flocked to it and he ended up bringing in $1,037,100 from the idea.  The only money possibly being made this time is from the books you can look at once you “beat” the site, but we didn’t click through to find out … because I had lost two minutes of computer usage time.

What say you?  Will you zen out with Do Nothing For 2 Minutes?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...