March 26, 2012
Technology has provided so much for our generation, and it is clear that it has shaped how we live today. There has been a piece of technology developed for nearly every aspect in our daily lives, and it has become a necessity. In some ways, it is difficult to believe previous generations lived adequately without it. In this experiment, we were allowed to see just that; how to live without the assistance of technology. Through this paper, I will revisit my thoughts and feelings throughout the day, weigh positive and negative aspects of this experience, and reflect on the importance of technology for our generation.
When being introduced to this project, I thought: 24 hours, no big deal. If I could not last a day without my phone attached to my hand or my computer in my lap, then there must be something wrong with me. That was much easier said than done, to say the least. It started out Wednesday morning, and I had to be up at class at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Instead of using my alarm clock radio or phone, I decided to wake up by the sunrise as our bedroom windows face the East. Once I saw the sunlight creeping into my eyelids, I forced myself to stay half awake, checking the time about every ten minutes to see when to wake up. Walking to class was different. I usually have my headphones in, drowning out the natural outdoor sounds with my iTunes library. Today was a lot quieter, but it felt calming and relaxing without music in my ears. After getting to class on time, I decided to pull out the notebook instead of my laptop for notes. I may have developed carpal tunnel scrambling to furiously write down notes. I felt anxious to reach for my computer half way through, and noticed how much harder this was going to be than I originally presumed. Aside from class, doing homework was a constant battle, with my Facebook and Twitter tabs begging to be clicked. I was aching to get onto a site, any site to procrastinate...