Monthly Archives: November 2013

24- hour technology detox

There were pros and cons to this assignment. It was difficult not to text, and I do admit I cheated a little. I did not sleep at all because I have nightmares so I listen to music to calm my nerves. I am addicted to Netflix and Hulu so I did have some withdrawals. I can never think of anything to do so I get on the internet, I figured out that there are tons of productive things to do! I cleaned my room, played dress up, did my nails, I did my homework, read, ate A LOT, and danced. I have gone without my technology for four days when I was at church camp, I was always going so it wasn’t that bad. It still wasn’t easy, though. Every night I cuddled with my phone and cried. I know, I have issues. My phone is my safety blanket, it loves me and I love it. It wasn’t all bad, though. It’s like your job, you get so accustomed to being on it that when you get a vacation you can’t handle it. It took a while for it to register that my technology detox was actually a blessing. We are so obsessed with being in the loop and knowing what is going on on Facebook, who is involved in the latest drama that we forget about the people around us, our school work, and sleep. We know more about Buttercup and Westley’s relationship than we know about our parent’s relationship. It’s we forget that cell phones haven’t been around for very long. I seriously wonder what it would be like in the 20s, 30s, and 40s when they didn’t have cell phones and iPads. Up until this assignment I used to say that if cell phones existed in the 50s I would build a time machine and go back in time to then and just live there. Now I would live there even though they didn’t have phones. When you told us about this assignment I literally started crying and cradling my phone, I knew it was just not gonna happen. When you told us to turn off our phones I did, for like two minutes. I could not stand not knowing if I got a text, Snapchat, Tweet, Facebook notification. While I was writing this I actually turned off my phone, voluntarily. The thought of writing hand-written letters appeals to me, it does seem like a better alternative to texting, except for the fact that texting is quicker. At first this detox seemed like a punishment, after it was over I learned that you really just wanted to open our eyes to the overwhelming and unnecessary need for us to be distracted by technology. I fully intend to do this more often. I learned that just because we use our phones all the time, we don’t want to. I was so much more productive when I wasn’t using it, and I actually had more energy and was happier when I wasn’t on my phone or laptop. It’s weird but I think not using technology actually improved my physical health as well as my mental health. It is nice to have it, mainly because I love music and if we could listen to music on our phones I would still be doing your detox. My views on technology has changed and I am grateful that you gave me this opportunity.