Recently, after years and years of working on my parents to get an iPhone to fit in with the rest of the cool kids, I finally got myself a shiny new black iPhone 5. However, just weeks after I accomplished my dream, that same phone was
stolen. This tragedy led to my tech-free week, with no phone, computer or TV as punishment for having lost a $200 phone so soon after buying it. I do not even want to think about what I would have had to go through if we had not had insurance.
First, for the bad. Having no computer meant doing homework got three times as difficult. I had to go to the community library, school library, or my father’s office just to go online or type a paper. Having no TV just meant no “Pretty Little Liars” that week, which was pretty crushing in and of itself. However, these two losses had much smaller impacts compared to the loss of my phone.
Having no phone meant asking different people to borrow theirs every day, sometimes even strangers on the street if I got abandoned by my parents (a far too common occurence). Making plans was almost impossible because of the amount of trust in the other person required. I had to believe that they would still show up one or two days after the plans had been made, since all plans had to be made in person and could not be reinforced with later communication. This resulted in getting stood up at the movies for about twenty minutes, because we had no way of contacting each other when something came up to delay one of us.
As terribly annoying as it sounds, this technological isolation wasn’t without its silver lining. I found myself distraction-free and with extra time after all my tasks were finished, which was usually used to get in an extra hour of sleep. This, combined with not having to deal with drama from talking to anyone after classes were over, made me feel physically better. I was less stressed, I had more energy, I just felt happier in general.
In my opinion, giving up technology completely, especially for extended periods of time, is an unnecessary step to take. I would even call it irrational in this day and age, because technology is a necessity for our daily lives. However, unplugging for just an extra hour or two per day can really make a difference in your quality of life. I would recommend it for anyone who finds themselves overly tired or stressed out on a regular basis (which is most of us, if not all). Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and your friends will all still be there when you get back. It’s worth it, I promise.