Going 24 hours without technology was definitely an interesting experience. I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea just how difficult it would be. I’m use to constantly having my phone in my hand or right beside me. Without it, I felt like I was missing an appendage. I found myself subconsciously reaching for it when it wasn’t even there. It’s strange to think how dependent I have become on such a small device. I wasn’t able to check my Twitter or Facebook, and it made me feel a little disconnected from the world. Whenever I have down time before class starts or at lunch or just laying in bed before falling asleep, I usually spend the time on my phone. I found it challenging to not be able to do this. Not being able to watch TV wasn’t too hard on me because I don’t watch it very often as it is. Technology is such a huge part of my day-to-day life that using it is almost as natural as breathing. It felt odd being separated from it.
Although not using technology seemed like an inconvenience and made me feel disconnected, I actually liked some aspects of it. It was definitely beneficial for my studying. Usually when I study, I focus for a few minutes and then spend twice as long checking my various social media sites before I begin studying again. Without being able to do that or flip on the TV for a few minutes, I actually sat down and made myself study without any distractions. Lately, I’ve been running outside and using my iPhone to listen to music. I really enjoy listening to music when I run because it helps keep me motivated and entertained. However, it was kind of nice leaving the phone at home and just focusing on the run itself. It was peaceful and helped me clear my head. I felt a sense of peace my entire day without technology but at the same time, part of me felt slightly stressed about being disconnected and worrying about what I might be missing. I thought I would be really bored on my detox day, but I was surprised to find that it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I was actually really productive that day because I had to find other things to occupy my time. I ended up catching up on studying, laundry, and cleaning.
I realize that it is possible to go through a day without being totally dependent on technological devices, but I don’t plan on making it a habit. In today’s world, technology runs everything. To not keep up with it is to essentially isolate yourself. I enjoyed the technology detox experience because it helped me feel more grateful for all the ways technology benefits me. The detox has opened my eyes to my technological dependency. It has made me really appreciate all the ways technology makes my daily life easier that I never took note of until I had to go without.