Going without technology was different than I expected. I figured that it may easier for myself, as tournament rounds of golf can take upwards of 6 hours, and practice alone is 3–4. However, this was not the case. There were a few factors that I did not count for. For example, I am currently at my parents house, in Canada, in the winter. During this time, there is not a whole lot available for one to do to that does not involve a screen of some sort. I assumed that driving would be off-limits for this experiment, as their car has a large screen in it for navigation and other infotainment purposes. With that in mind, I told myself that I will still use my parents car, but I will not use any “electronic” elements designed for entertainment.
I started my day off by taking my dog to the beach. The beach is roughly a 5 minute drive from my parents house, and it is a place that I frequent. I have taken living on the ocean for granted, as since moving to Springfield, Missouri, the closest you are to the ocean is hundreds of miles away. Nevertheless, whenever I have the option to go to the water, I take it. My dog loves to swim, and I love to watch her have a great time. We had fun.
I proceeded to take her back to my parents house and then drove to the car wash, where I also vacuumed it. The whole time, I found myself reaching for my phone in my pocket, but it was never there. There is a Jerry Seinfeld quote I like from one of his stand-up specials, referring to how we need to feel a hard rectangle in our pants (just in case, referring to his cell phone) or we don’t feel complete. I unfortunately agree with him, as not feeling my cell phone in my pocket made me feel a little anxious and disappointed.
When I drove back to my parents house, I made a point of coming in quietly and unnoticed, afraid that if my mom knew I was staying off electronics for a school experiment, she would give me a list of chores that had to be done. I was able to sneakily make my way to my room. Bored, I picked up my guitar and blew some literal dust off of it. I played quite frequently in high school and really enjoyed it. Granted, I played piano growing up and was very fond of music and I wanted to give the guitar a try. If it were not for this experiment, my guitar would probably still be resting on the wall.
I believe that I enjoyed this experiment because it really put into perspective how technology is our go-to form of entertainment. Having our phone in our pocket allows us to pull it out at almost anytime during the day and get a dopamine rush from funny images, videos, conversations with friends, etc. Essentially, we are unable to be bored with electronics. While this may be a good thing since being bored is boring, I believe that an excess of phone use allows for the demotivating of people.
I love my electronics, and I use them for hours everyday. I am aware of the time that I spend on them. However, I do not let them take over my life. What I enjoyed most about this experiment is that it really helped show how many hours we spend on these devices every day, when we could be obtaining our entertainment from somewhere else. With that being said, this experiment help show us the fun that we can have outside of looking at our screens, and instead by looking at our surroundings.