“My technology-free day was a nightmare,” exclaims one scholar on the very starting of her ultimate presentation on expertise, nature, and her interior experiences of each. This exclamation has amused me a lot that I’ve repeated it typically via the day when describing this undertaking to different college students and colleagues at Saint Francis College, a small college tucked into the hills of the Allegheny mountains in central Pennsylvania.
As a part of the curriculum in my Environmental Sociology class, college students are requested to journal on two completely different however associated sorts of experiences: two technology-free days and 6 occasions in nature, in solitude with out cell telephones or iPods. Their reactions to these kinds of experiences are each startlingly profound and surprisingly life altering, however surely, life-enhancing. On this article, I’ll relate their experiences with technology-free days.
For this task, I’ve given them some instruction, however I’ve left it as much as them how they need to outline a technology-free “day.” Realizing how addicted most of my undergraduate college students are to their cell telephones, laptops with Face guide, and iPods, I’m detest to inform them how lengthy they need to go with out such helps. Some college students actually stretch themselves and outline a day as an really day- from sun-up till after dinner. Others can solely go as far as to outline one hour as their ‘day.’ I ask them to contemplate the next questions and write about them of their journals.
How does it really feel to spend a day with out expertise? What impact does it have in your temper? Your thoughts? Your feelings? What variations do you discover between a expertise day & a technology-free day? Similarities? What are some stuff you like a couple of technology-free day & why? What did you not like and why? How has being technology-free affected your social interactions? Clarify. Please describe some other observations.
In our tradition, most of us have develop into depending on communication expertise in some type or one other. And most of us have develop into depending on that expertise with out being conscious of how a lot we depend on it. For instance, we textual content buddies, we weblog and we ‘Fb’ (and create a brand new verb within the course of). With school college students, I’m amazed, and secretly touched, by how typically they name their dad and mom. Many college students claimed to name their dad and mom each single day. Others stated they referred to as their dad and mom, normally their mother, between every & each class. Some college students complained about lacking conferences or practices with out expertise (apparently, their schedule adjustments every day & that is how they’re knowledgeable).
Alternatively, I’m additionally dismayed by how a lot laptop interplay has changed face-to-face interplay with college-age college students who reside proper down the corridor from every. They report back to me that they may IM their pal, fairly than merely stroll down the corridor to say hello.
I’ve used this task for lots of of scholars over a number of years in dozens of lessons. I’m at all times amazed by the insightful consciousness this easy train brings to them about their social interplay and their life-style. The next are a SELECT FEW of their private reactions:
Being Current: “In a day with out expertise, you might be fully targeting what you might be doing & who you might be with. You haven’t any distractions to take you away from that place. My thoughts was into what I used to be doing.”
Changing into extra social: “This exercise made me extra social as a result of with a view to see what time to go to dinner and the time I needed to go as much as individuals and ask them as a substitute of texting them or instantaneous message. I additionally discover(d) how lovely this campus actually is.”
“Expertise-free days (have) improved my social interactions. I interact in additional conversations with my buddies & women in my dorm than simply sitting within the room speaking on instantaneous message and thru texting. Speaking head to head with individuals is extra private than simply sending IMs and texts.”
Waste of Time: “Finally, it wastes my time. The thought crossed my thoughts, ‘What do I actually get completed with utilizing expertise?'”
Habit to expertise: (Throughout a 7.5 hour bus experience to her basketball match, with out expertise,) “I did not suppose I used to be going to make it. Once we stopped at our first relaxation cease, I used to be tempted to ask the bus driver to open the underside of the bus, however as a substitute my teammate inspired me and I made a decision to not. Once we bought to the lodge, I instantly reached in my guide bag for my cellphone as a result of I actually needed to see my missed calls, textual content messages, and voicemails. I felt like a drug addict. I noticed how obsessed I used to be with my cellular phone.” “(With out my cellphone), I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt like I used to be going loopy. It undoubtedly blended my feelings up and had me feeling unhappy at some factors, however then once more glad as a result of I completed not utilizing my units on the bus.”
Spending time with household: One scholar prolonged the Tech-free day to her household: “As I used to be sitting in the lounge yesterday, the cellphone rang. I glanced up and checked out our tv. Our caller id comes up in each TV in the home. Simply as I regarded again down at my laptop computer, my sister instant-messaged me and requested who was calling. It was that second that I noticed how severely dependent my household is on fashionable expertise. Later that night time, I informed my mom the story. She is aware of that my sister & I reside in separate rooms and simply message one another if we’d like one thing. So I requested her if for one night time, the 4 of us may do one thing as a gaggle. She thought this was a terrific concept!”
They went on to play 2 video games of SORRY and 1 recreation of SCATTERGORIES. “To our shock, we had enjoyable…..Who is aware of! Possibly it will develop into our new custom!”
Begin a brand new custom in your family! Go tech-free for a day, relieve stress, and perhaps have some enjoyable!