There are many in this world who can barely afford food let alone technology, but that’s hard to imagine in this tech-attached world. Think back to when you were a kid (if you are old enough.) Do you remember what you did unplugged from all this technology except for television? I barely do. How did we find new places to go? How did we make last-minute plans? I do remember talking face to face more often.
Now, people are glued to their smartphones, using them through get-togethers and time spent with loved ones, letting life slip them by.
One guy was determined to not let life slip by and also wanted to try a social experiment by unplugging his life.
Why not try an unplugged, tech-free day?
Jake Reilley, copywriting student at the Chicago Portfolio School, dubbed it the Amish Project as he unplugged himself from technology for 90 days. That was 90 days without a cellphone, a computer and Facebook and Twitter accounts. Instead of using technology, he wrote letters, made signs and enjoyed life — or the life we knew before social media took over.
According to a Yahoo! article, “I was reading every single Tweet and I follow 250 people. Then, I would waste a good hour and a half on Facebook. I was sending more than 1,500 texts a month. I never really counted minutes on the phone, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 600 to 900.”
He found out who is true friends are, got back together with his girlfriend and learned a little more about himself. In the end, he used technology to show others how it went (the video below), but he said his life had been impacted in so many ways.
The basis for this project, shunning modern technology, can be used in so many ways. Maybe don’t allow cellphones when with friends and family. Or pick an hour a week, an hour a day or a whole day to try to spend time with yourself, unplugged.
How about a trip, when you leave your technology off? Maybe rough it in the mountains?
Create some rules. For me, I am allowed the radio and my car, but no TV, iPod, computer or smartphone. For others, TV has been around for such a long time that it might be OK for them. I think it distracts me, so it’s a no for me.
Plan your day so that you aren’t tempted to use technology. Set up a time the day before to meet with friends. Encourage them to interact with you and not show you the YouTube video they thought was awesome instead. Play boardgames. Read books. Go for walks/hikes/bike rides/runs. Don’t necessarily create new hobbies, but refresh old ones that might have been on the backburner for a long time.
But don’t go crazy, filling your days. Slow down. Eat a good meal. Take a stroll into new territory.