24 Hours Technology Free

October 31, 2017

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Learn About My Experience Going 24 Hours Without Using Technology

As a college student in this day and age, the idea of going 24 hours without technology seems borderline insane. If you walk around campus, it is almost guaranteed that you will see students plugged in to their devices. As much as I do it myself, I sometimes wish my generation was not so “plugged in” all of the time. Technology limits actual human interaction, which we desperately need.

Before going 24 hours without technology, I felt anxious. I felt like I was going to miss out on things. I found myself constantly checking social media over and over again because I knew that soon, I would be deprived of it. I was annoyed at the way I was feeling. Why was I getting so anxious over not being able to use my phone and check social media? Unfortunately, it caused a lot of unnecessary stress for me that I was almost ashamed of.

During my 24 hours of no technology, I kept finding myself reaching for my phone at every moment of down time - whether it was while I was waiting for my food or at a red light, I just wanted to fill that void of time using my phone. It was a strange feeling. I realized that without the escape of technology, you are forced to be present, in the moment, paying attention to what is going on around you.

Although it was challenging at first, and I felt like I was missing out on things, it was also a relief. It felt nice not to have to worry about catching up on other people’s posts, or texting people back. It felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I was a lot more productive than normal because I did not have the distraction of technology.

Going 24 hours technology free was not easy, but it made me rethink the whole concept of technology in general. We live in a world where everyone feels so connected to each other because of technology and social media, but in reality, we’re more disconnected than ever. We don’t have to interact with strangers or say “hello” as we walk by someone because we have our devices to turn to. It has made us isolated without even noticing it.

We’re so concerned with what other people are doing, that we cannot even focus on the present moment that we’re in. It is unfortunate and has made me motivated to limit my use of technology and be more aware of why and when I feel the need to use it. 

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