Tech Abstinence in a Wild Place: 7 Benefits

Jerry Toth
8 min readJan 9, 2020
Pre-industrial life at the infamous “Bamboo House” of the Jama-Coaque Reserve. Photo by Carl Schweizer.

One of my jobs is managing a rainforest preserve in Ecuador. In the middle of this forest is a research station, although it’s really more like a homestead. It’s totally off the grid — there is no Wi-Fi or cell signal. We have a phone hooked up to an old satellite antenna but it usually doesn’t work. At night our primary source of illumination is candlelight.

Jerry Toth

Professional rainforest conservationist, cacao farmer, chocolate entrepreneur, and metaphysical explorer based in Ecuador.