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I got to thinking about how much I constantly use some of my technological devices. I decided to try a little experiment and turn my phone off for 48 hours and see how I go. And before you ask me yes it was a bit like torture I am ashamed to say.

Turns out that I could only last about a little over 30 hours since I had to respond to a request from my mother and various other family members, as sad as that sounds. I had to laugh about what got me back on my phone but having it out of commission for even 24 hours was a bit more of a struggle than I had bargained for.

And as I write that down today I can’t help but feel just a little bit sad. I don’t want to have a constant attachment for my mobile phone or iPad, however sadly this is not the world we live in, especially for a writer and journalist. As technology has evolved we now have a way to stay connected 24/7. Having my phone near me, but not being able to text, talk, or read any notifications caused me to have serious anxiety. My fear came from missing an important text or call from a family member or friend. And my anxiety came from not being able to check emails or work-related things, including world-wide breaking news.

However, within the first 5 hours of my technological experiment I felt free and open to new life experiences. Even as tiny as my mobile phone feels in my short and or pants pocket it carries so much more weight than I ever gave it credit for. 

But that’s not the only revelation I uncovered when attempting to de-plug for two full days. I also discovered how obsessive these devices can make any us. I found myself picking up my phone almost like clockwork every two hours even though I knew I had to keep it off for the purpose of my experiment. The only way to describe not having to check my phone every 5 seconds would be the feeling of absolute freedom and no care or worries. It’s like floating on a soft plush cloud void of all anxiety.

I honestly would love to go back to that moment, but as technology continues to evolve so does the amount of time we all spend using it. I know that sounds incredibly sad, but it is the reality. Ultimately my true discovery was social media and technology run our lives too much, or at least way more than I would like them too. To truly better ourselves and society we need to engage with material and individuals around us. Always be sure to live in the moment, in the now. 

If we don’t we may end up letting life pass us by. Which could be a tragedy for everyone if constantly repeated. Because in the blink of an eye poof your youth is gone. And all the moments you missed because of that little screen in all of our pockets are gone. I hope that doesn’t happen to anyone including myself.