Honors English 10 2015-2016
This week, from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon- for twenty-four hours- I went without any electronics. This was a very interesting experience for me and I really enjoyed the challenge.
This “electronic fast” was actually an extra credit opportunity for my AP Government class. When I heard about it I thought that it really sounded fun, difficult, yes, but like a good experience. So, I took the challenge, not really sure what I was getting myself into. As it turns out, going twenty-four hours without any electronics- phone, TV, iPad, computer, etc. - was much easier than I expected.
In the past, I’ve challenged myself to go days without my phone or the internet unless I needed it for class, usually on the weekends, but I’d never done anything quite to this extreme. I handed my phone to Mr. Hicks with a slight reluctance, nervous about what I was agreeing to.
Throughout the next twenty-four hours I realized that I really didn’t even miss my phone or other electronics that much. Sure, there were times when I wished I could look something up on the internet, turn on the TV for background noise, or text a friend, but mostly I barely noticed that I was missing anything. To be completely honest, I felt great. It’s not that I was able to get more done, or concentrate harder, or get more sleep- I’m always very time efficient- I just felt a sense of, well, clarity. I felt so much less cluttered and more purposeful. I really felt like not having electronics was just that many things I didn’t have to worry about for the day; it was great. When twenty-four hours had passed, I sincerely did not want my phone back. In fact, I didn’t even turn it on for another hour and a half almost, and even then it was just because I felt obligated to.
Since Wednesday afternoon, after I regained my free use of electronics, my phone has felt almost like a burden to me. I feel like I have to keep it with me and check it every so often even if I don’t want to. Obviously, it’s nice to have my electronics back, I don’t have to worry about missing something important or not being able to get something done because I don’t know how, and, yes, it’s comforting to have my phone readily at hand, just in case.
What I think I found most eye-opening in this challenge, though, were my peers’ reactions to it. Most people were not having as good of a time with it as me. I heard tons of complaining, and sniveling, people having actual withdrawal symptoms. It was crazy. Going into the challenge, I knew that it would be harder on a lot of others than it would be on me, but I thought that maybe since I was finding it so easy, they weren’t dying either. Obviously, I was wrong. People looked at me like I was insane when I told them I didn’t want my phone back, and I had to bite my tongue when people started whining about how boring class is when they don’t have their phones. Really, if anything, it kind of destroyed any faith I might’ve had in my generation.
Overall, I thought going twenty-four hours without technology was a really good experience, although it was almost too easy. I’ve already decided that next time we have a day off, I’m going the day without electronics, just to see how it would go. Maybe, I’ll even do it for longer than a day, just for the challenge of it.
I write these things.