7 Unusual Life-Changing Experiments We Learned From the Internet

There are many people brave enough to break stereotypes and think outside the box. Some created a little experiment with their own lives and even inspired others to change.

Bright Side gathered for you unusual life experiments that changed people's thinking and attitude to life.

She wore the same outfit to work every day for 3 years.

  • Experiment: Matilda Kahl solved the problem of choosing clothes for work quite radically. She decided to go ahead and wear the exact same thing every day for 3 years. She got tired of wasting time every day deciding what to wear. Matilda invested in several white shirts and several pairs of the same black pants. That was her everyday "uniform" for work.
  • Result: She kept all her fancy dresses for weekends and nights out. Matilda doesn't waste time in the morning because she knows exactly what she's going to wear. This experiment allowed her to save time and energy to meet with family and friends.

This man ate only potatoes for one year.

  • Experiment: Andrew Taylor ate only potatoes for one year.
  • Result: Andrew showed the whole world what happens to your body if you eat only potatoes. Look at him! He lost 110 lb and looks amazing! However, this severe diet is not for everyone.

A childhood without gadgets

  • Experiment: Mom of 4 and photographer Niki Boon lives on a farm with her family in New Zealand. She decided to raise her children in harmony with nature...without gadgets and TV. They've been living gadget-free for several years.
  • Result: Niki's family showed with their own example that children don't need gadgets to be happy. They need your love and a bit of freedom. They feel great growing up without laptops and smartphones. Niki created a photo series of her 4 children’s technology-free life called Childhood in the Raw.

A woman lived without money for 20 years.

  • Experiment: Heidemarie Schwermer realized that people are becoming too materialistic. She moved out of her apartment, gave away almost all of her stuff, and decided to do a little experiment: live without money for one year. She helped people in exchange for food and housing. She didn't use public transport and carried the most necessary things and clothes in a small bag.
  • Result: Heidemarie lived without money for 20 years. By her own example, she proved that money is not the most important thing in the world. For many years, she was a public speaker and a regular guest on TV shows.

A Victorian era couple

  • Experiment: Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman decided to live as if they were in the Victorian era. They ditched the benefits of modern technology: they used a pitcher for washing, sewed clothes, relied mostly on oil lamps, and used recipes from a 19th-century cookbook.
  • Result: Such an unusual way of life made the couple see the world and people differently, better understanding their background. Many old things turned out to be quite convenient, and the recipes deserved special praise. Sarah wrote a book about their experience and the Victorian era way of living.

Life without trash

  • Experiment: Bea Johnson chose a life without trash for herself and her family. She refused to buy and use things that couldn't be recycled: disposable packaging, household chemicals in plastic bottles, and a lot of unnecessary stuff.
  • Result: Bea showed by her own example that living an eco-friendly life is not hard – glass and paper can easily substitute plastic. Her family produces just 1 kg of trash in a year.

One year without the internet

  • Experiment: Journalist Paul Miller lived a year offline. He didn't use any social network or mobile apps and replaced his email with a regular mailbox. Having been a constant internet user since the age of 12, Paul decided to find out what life is like on the other side of his browser.
  • Result: He started writing a book, lost 11 lb, and improved his concentration. After the experiment, he browses the internet more consciously. It's just an instrument that should be used wisely.
Preview photo credit Matilda Kahl
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