We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. –Tennessee Williams

How would you handle solitary confinement? The National Geographic Channel is sponsoring a somewhat bizarre online experiment: Solitary Confinement allows viewers to watch three people who have willingly placed themselves in solitary confinement for seven days. (I say somewhat bizarre because, frankly, with the world we live in today, how bizarre is anything, really?) Anyway, the three participants are in 80 ft. square cells with no TV, no computers, and no reading material. Only one hour of solitary exercise is allowed each day. Woo, baby.

I already talk to myself more than is probably normal, so I wouldn’t get lonely in that respect. The no TV thing I could probably get used to, even if I was missing LOST. No computer…well, it would probably be a good thing to get away from that for a week. However, no reading material? No books? The horror! No newspapers? No Create & Decorate? Now THAT would drive me crazy.

Granted seven days can fly by awfully quickly, especially if you’re on vacation. And of course we all long for those stolen moments of pure quiet where we can just breathe. But to just take everything away? What would you do without the things we take for granted to stimulate our minds every day? How would you cope with no *ultra gasp* crafting supplies? Inspiration strikes, but alas! There’s nothing you can do.

The participants are on day four, and for the most part, they sleep, draw stuff on walls, and throw around little balls of paper.

What would you do with seven days totally by yourself? Let us know in the comments, or join our Facebook discussion.


One thought on “We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. –Tennessee Williams

  1. if one does not want solitary, have them come to arizonia, our sheriff joe has a tent city jail & everyone can wear pink underwear & eat bologna sandwiches

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