Day Without Tech
It started out so well...
So Sunday was chosen, plans were made, I was going to work, then get off and go to the river with some friends.
I said in class I needed to use my phone for my job and it's true - I use it to find places I don't know and many times the people ordering require me to call them whenever I get to their place or leave the store.
Then, Brandon called.
Here was the plan for Sunday: I was prepared to use my phone only when necessary, avoiding any other use, then go out to hang with friends after I got off of work at 6 p.m., where we would go to dinner and then I would retire for the night.
What happened was Brandon called me around 5p.m. Saturday night, saying he wouldn't be able to hang out tomorrow as his work had scheduled him for then and he had read his schedule wrong.
I decided to tough it out, do my own thing and take the day light. What that ended up meaning was being incredibly bored.
(Side note; driving with no music/radio/whatever is a strange quiet. Cars are creaky)
But this was an assignment I had to do, so I'll do it. I broke out a book I wanted to read and sat down.
Don't you see? You can do whatever you want.
1) Gaming? Can't do that the fact that computer's aren't available for use.
2) Movies? Nope, same reason.
3) Hanging out at other people's places? Can't do that for reasons stated above and because almost all of my other friends are gamers - even if I do go visit some of my other friends who I'm less close with, we wouldn't have anything to do. The large group I meet with is on facebook and so I have no way to contact them.
4) Art? No real supplies and I'm too tired to write.
5) Reading? Nothing else to read there bud. Unless you wanna start over on somethin`
6) Hiking/kayaking/biking? It's dark yo. Don't go out there by yourself in the dark.
So I gave up.
That being said, there were some conclusions to draw.
Things I missed
What I really missed was a sense of control.
I felt I was being forced into things I didn't want to do or had no way of doing, because all of my other options were unavailable to me. They say "time you enjoy wasting isn't wasted time", well it seems the opposite is true as well.
Time you resent spending is wasted. I felt I was trapped - I couldn't do anything I wanted to do or needed to do, because everything was online. Sure, I could have had some more foresight and printed my readings or something, but that would have just delayed the inevitable for 30 minutes. Being someone who has fully embraced the digital revolution, this felt less a sabbatical and more an exile.
Nor did I feel I was in control of my social life.
I couldn't contact anyone without showing up to them in person, something that is frustrating when you don't know where they live or whether they're working at the time. These things are easily fixed when you can just send someone a text, but when you're sitting at home doing nothing and no way to contact them, it's quite frustrating.
The feeling of control is important
Being forced to do something you don't want to do makes people shut off, some more quickly than others. This can lead back into previous behaviors which they want to do. This is easily applicable to the classroom setting, where and when you hear a groan after announcing a new assignment for them to do. Giving them some limited input and control over what they're doing might help significantly.
Not everyone's situation is the same
Communication is both easier and harder than ever
What's it all mean?
That being said, things change, people change, and feelings change. I used to hate reading books and swore I never would - and here I am, ten years later, reading and writing my own. Perhaps in the future that dependence on technology will change as well. Who can say?
To end, I share with you two things
My response was "I was literally on the way to start smiling, but I guess that will just never appear on camera"