The story of the girl without technology is seldom told in these modern times… because it sounds absolutely boring.
But luckily, I've lived to tell the tale. I don't mean to sound dramatic, but going 6 hours without technology was a lot harder than I anticipated. Let me give you some back story first.
So, for a class project we had to go without 6 hours of technology. That includes cell phones, cameras, laptops, etc. Finding time in my busy schedule with school, a sport, Tri Delta, work, and whatever else pops up during my week, was difficult. I definitely had to be deliberate with cutting out time in my day. Alerting friends and family was not out of the question. I am on the golf team, so practice is a daily activity, except for Thursday this week. I decided to use this time after school to go without technology.
We were told to keep a journal to record our feelings and reactions of our experience. I decided to keep my journal in chronological order with time stamps and everything. Writing in the journal and marking the time felt as if I was lost at sea and trying to keep my sanity by counting the hours. Sadly, maybe it wasn’t too far off?
Here is the record of my 6 hours:
3:00pm- I went to a park type area by my apartment to hang up my hammock, which has to be one of my favorite things in the whole world. It's always been a peaceful activity for me. Plus, if I brought a book I could easily kill some time.
3:30pm- caught myself looking to my side for my phone to see if I had any notifications. I felt myself feeling annoyed at myself for doing that.
4:00pm- the book started to get boring. My mind wants to wander so easily. This made me wonder if my generation's minds naturally wander quickly because of the instant gratification world we grew up in.
4:05pm- feeling introspective at my deep thoughts.
5:12pm- feeling restless so I go back to my apartment. I fight the urge to sit on the couch to relax with tv.
5:15pm- I decide to paint. I've been painting and crafting for my future "littles" in my sorority.
5:30pm- I definitely start to feel anxious about not knowing what's going on and if I'm receiving any important or urgent messages. But, on the other hand, I feel as if I am letting my brain take a break and breathe for a second. It feels theraputic.
6:30pm- I decide to make dinner! I was unsure if I was able to use kitchen appliances since they are technology, so I stuck with classic cold pizza and water.
7:00pm- finding something else to do now was difficult. This is usually the time of night where social events start happening, so that made me wonder what I was missing. I felt sad for not being at any. I think I also felt a sense of guilt for not being where people needed me.
7:05pm- I decided to clean the apartment. The whole thing. Clean it. OF COURSE, I would not normally do this, but, heck, what's there to lose.
8:30pm- the apartment looks amazing, thank you for asking. I like feeling productive, it makes me feel more capable. This definitely would not have been possible with my cell phone being around me.
8:45pm- it is nearing the last quarter of the hour before I can have technology again and I feel relieved, yet sad.
9:00pm- I had one snapchat and two texts. From my brother. Technology sucks.
Here's what I learned: being away from technology made me anxious, but fulfilled in better ways than I usually am by my phone or laptop or tv. It was hard to not think about what I was missing or what could be happening in the world around me. It helped to be more productive though, putting my boredom into something useful. Scary to think we've become dependent on these small devices in our hands. But, you can't argue that they're not useful!
Safe to say I was relieved to get my trusty laptop back.
This was truly an interesting experience that not many college students have (or want) to do. Thankfully, I wasn’t too bored.