Today I found it rather easy to stay away from using extra technology besides for homework during the afternoon. I had to use my computer for about 30 minutes of homework but I turned off everything else on my computer while doing my homework, so I got it done a lot faster the usual. I started to text my mom but realized I wasn’t supposed to be using my phone so I called her instead. It felt different to call instead of text because I always text when I need something or have a question about anything. After I finished my homework I usually go on my computer and chat or use gmail, but since I couldn’t I read instead which I rarely have time to do.
Day 2: May 30, 2012Today I thought it was harder to stay away from technology. I thought it was harder because I had more free time and I noticed that with more free time, the more temptations there are. I had more free time because without my gmail open and my phone next to me, I finished my homework in half the time then I usually do.
I also realized how many things you can do in your free time that doesn’t involve technology. I always go straight to the computer and never think of all the other things i can do like reading, writing, or board games.I think that the tech – turnoff week is really changing how i look at electronics, some things good and some bad.
Day 3: May 31, 2012Today I thought it was super easy to stay away from technology . I only used my computer for homework for about 10 – 15 minutes and that was it.
Today I thought I stayed away from technology for the most part. I didn’t use technology at all until after around 7:30 pm. I was unable to avoid technology use after that.
My dad and sister were watching T.V. so I couldn’t avoid listening, but I did read my book instead. I thought it was hard to keep myself from watching because the television was right in front of me.
People around me are reacting to me in different ways. My mom thinks it’s a good but i think that since the class/grade if doing it, it also makes it easier. It gives me less urge to go on to chat because I realize nobody else is on.
I think that this tech – turnoff is really giving me a different perspective on what I really do in my life, or what I don’t do. I thought I used technology, but I didn’t realize how often, I never realized how my first reaction to free time is computer time. I think the turn off will teach me how to notice and monitor more my electronic use.
Day 5 and 6: June 6, 2012 and June 3, 2012
The hardest part of the tech – turnoff was definitely the weekend. I ran into technology I could not avoid, but I also allowed myself to watch a movie at my cousins house I didn’t need to watch.
Over the weekend I had to go to a birthday party that had a movie we went to see during it so I couldn’t avoid that. I knew since I was unable to to avoid that I would just have to go and be extra careful to limit my T.V. usage I didn’t need to.
I did watch a movie I didn’t to see but saw anyway. I went to my cousins house and instead of turning down the movie, I decided to allow it. It was hard to avoid other technology they were using and I couldn’t use.
My cousins reaction was surprised. They are into texting, emailing, and I.M., so they would rarely put it down. I told them I was doing to and they said they could NEVER do that.
After this week I realized how difficult and or easy it can be to avoid technology. I learned what other people thought, noticed how much technology I couldn’t avoid, and I learned how much technology I used. Overall I think the tech – turnoff was a helpful experience.