Technology is useful but sometimes overused and other times even misused. It'll force you to talk to people. It was really hard to do but I did it by thinking about how a certain thing can be affected by technology. Unfortunately, this sabbatical would prove to be difficult. Baime's interview, watch the video below.
I know I have a long way to go when it comes to taking a technology timeout, but this weekend was a great jump start to making the effort! I won't lie — the idea of being without it for 24 hours was making me a little anxious. We were in the kitchen cooking from 1 until roughly 3:30, the stove and oven going the whole time! I would have never read my textbooks if I didn't have this assignment. In terms of actual work, I did feel a little behind. I did a lot things today that I normally wouldn't. Then there's that digital siren call.
I sit down by the lake, hearing the sound of nature in the summer breeze. We simply cannot imagine living without it. In all seriousness, my job prevents me from being unplugged for such large amounts of time every single day, so this is a habit I can't adopt unless I want to work in a different field I do not. Also I did not run as long as I normally do. We are so tech-dependent that we've become a society of people that do not know how to relate to one another at all.
Instead of using the bus system I ended up walking to class. I normally listen to music from my iPod when lifting and running but I couldn't do that. How about one hour each day without technology? Who's ready to ditch technology in a month and really start relating to people all over again? I went to get a manicure and a pedicure, and I swear, this was the first time I managed to actually relax and shut down during a pedicure. When we arrived home, my son went upstairs to play on his wii, while my husband read a book about the history of Scotland. My husband and I honeymooned on a no technology resort, and I think that is the only time I did not feel stressed not to have technology at hand. It's amazing when you think about the sheer amount of talking and chatting that happens on Facebook every single day. As we see now flip phones are out, and the market hits us with more and more advanced phones.
As I said earlier, I did put up a couple of decent barriers to prevent the mindless revert back to technology, because I knew that I would just hop back into it, without even thinking about it. The first thing I did this morning was check Twitter to see if anyone had noticed my absence. So while I'm stoked to get back to my regularly programmed Instagram stalking, I am also excited to be a little less tethered to my phone. But, at the same time, our lives have become lethargic, preposterous and anti-social just like the computers that have become a part and parcel of our lives. It is surprising that some have never tried or attempted to keep off technology even for a day. I could check that quickly, but no.
Couple months later, I recall my uncle buying a gray flip phone. A notification on your phone or even the anticipation of one , the chemical responsible for controlling the brain's reward and pleasure centers. Once I was done eating me and my girlfriend hung out. Did I have an anxiety attack because I missed Kylie Jenner's latest Snapchat video? What was regarded as luxury. And the hot chocolate was nice too. The morning was easy — I was working from home, so I slept late and got right to work when I woke up. A day without my phone was extremely difficult.
I had to document that excitement! The phone after that was a Motorola Razr, which was of course totally cool at the time — and actually not bad looking in retrospect. It was actually really nice not having my ear buds in. How many of you before going to sleep browse in bed? Going for a whole day without these would be doable, I reckoned, but as a Social Media addict, could I last a day without Twitter and Facebook? The only thing that could improve an iPhone other than a battery that lasts more than 8 hours would be a clam shell design. However, I was not able to do this, so I went to the library to read. It is safe to say that tech is taking over my life. Technology has influenced us in so many positive ways, from providing cellphones that can be used in the house, to around the world and provide so many other great features. If we take a look now we see the elementary children even have cell phones.
We are just talking about a single day! Now maybe one day I'll be able to let go for an actual full week. With more time to study though, I ended up easily getting an A on my test, something that I have rarely done since getting to college. My older sister which is now 23 years old never had a cell phone while living at home. It'll force you to communicate with people face-to-face. Have you ever taken a technology timeout? Did it make things better or super stressful? My time of no technology forced me to miss several timely work emails, a few important texts, Kylie Jenner's Snapchat updates, and the conversations surrounding the latest episode of How To Get Away With A Murder.
During their media-free day, student went to the gym and, in general, reported more face-to-face interactions with friends. If I could totally unplug for at least an hour a day, I could be giving myself more relaxation time that is actually relaxing. I cheered him and his team on, chased my little one off the field, and chatted with the other parents. When I was in elementary school I remember the first cell phone I saw was a medium grey phone that has a simple green background screen with black font. Now days a flip phone would be considered perhaps the plainest phone there is out there.
It had been a while since I've gone 6+ hours without technology, and I wasn't even straining to stay away. She used her computer while doing homework and I read my textbooks. My morning was not rushed; it was quiet and seemed slow. I had to trust that my friends would meet me at Crossroads. So, who's up for it? But onto the positive stuff! Is there anything interesting happening on Facebook? So when attention is drawn here and there over and over again it becomes fragmented…. I can see every ripple on the surface of the lake and every drop on those green leaves. The family came over at 4:30 and we dug in.