Day 8 – Celebrating Our Freedom (from Tyranny & Tech)

We hung out with the family for most of the day.  I was techless for the vast majority of it.  I was irked whenever I noticed my dad locked into his phone, but it didn’t happen too often, and again, I recognize that I just have to let it go.

Zip it Elsa and stay off my radio!  This mom wants to hear the Beastie Boys.

No big epiphanies. Just a nice family day tuned into each other instead of our phones.  It was lovely.

Day 5 – Tech Turn Off – When the Tables Turn

My daily two hour tech break is about meet the one week goal.  I’m so intrigued with the results thus far that I’m going to see how many days I can actually keep it up before I fall off the iWagon.  In truth, my wagon runs off Android.

To my incessant surprise, I have genuinely enjoyed each day of tech turn off time.  However I have noticed one issue that simultaneously grates on my nerves.  I have become excessively congnizant of how shut out and irritated I feel whenever someone else continues to tech away instead.  It’s utterly unfair on my part.  

This was a challenge I set for myself and my kids.  I had hoped that my husband would be all in, and considering that it wasn’t his idea, he’s had a pretty good participation rate.  The problem is that I don’t do “pretty good.”  I’m all or nothing.  Do or do not.  There is not try.  You’re my boy Yoda!

But it’s an unreasonable and unfair ask on my part.  I have been much worse than him for years.  Now a handful of days have gone by and my epiphany has not managed to totally invade his conciousness.  No big shocker there.  He didn’t ask for this.  He’s a smart guy, so I would suspect that his primary goal for playing along in the first place is keeping his wife’s nag factor at the lowest possible level.

And he isn’t the only one who keeps teching away when we are having family fun time (that’s what my kids call it and they don’t even say it with snark – that’s a win in my world).  My dad doesn’t even know about tech turn off time, but my frustration with him is more general in nature.  If you are hanging out with your children and their family, can’t Facebook wait?  Can’t you bitch about politics and share pictures of skateboarding dogs later?

Once again, this is an extremely unfair of me.  I’ve spent countless hours on a phone with my kids right next to me.  I wasn’t at all focused on them, and if I would ask my dad to please stop that, he absolutely would.  

We often hear how the characteristics that frustrate us with other people are the very aspects of ourselves that we dislike the most in ourselves.  I see myself mirrored in these actions, and I know that I’m bothered that I can’t undo all the time I already lost. 

So I guess my ultimate spiritual revelation from day 5 was this – I need to shut up and get over it.  Focus on me. Let them do their own thing. Remove the stone from my own phone before tackling their speck yada yada yada…

Day 4 – Tech Challenge – Out to Lunch

If you are going to be on your phone throughout your meal, you might as well tell everyone with you to sit like this (because that’s how it feels to them).

We went to dinner during tech turn off time. This wasn’t much of a challenge for us, but it seemed like the challenge might be a worthy idea for at least a quarter of other restaurant patrons. It was the same sad scene that we could have found at any restaurant.  There were tables full of people on hot dates with their tablets and phones. 

What’s the point of going out with each other? Maybe someone really dislikes cooking and clean up, but why bother bringing anyone with you? These moments matter.   It’s worth taking a few minutes to savor the food and the company.  Another tech break for the win. This tech turn off gig is starting to turn into a habit. 

Day 1 – Technology Challenge

technology at rest

Please do not knock or ring doorbell.  Laptop is in sleep mode.

I’m going to hold a self-imposed technology challenge.  Please post comments with your feedback or tag me if you decide to take up the challenge as well.  I will tag your site here if you do.

For one week, I’m going to block out two prime time hours each evening when I will not allow myself to access any of my tech equipment.  These have to be hours when I would normally be found (at some point in that time span) using my cell phone / tablet / laptop / other laptop.  No texting or calling.  No googling or blogging.  No emailing or working.  Only being.  Being present with myself, my family, my pets, my friends – whatever.  Just NOT being with technology.

So many of us have become too connected and too accessible.  We forget to enjoy actual life instead of getting lost in a virtual world of hyperconnectivity and overstimulation.

I want to do something crazy like going out to dinner with my family while my phone stays at home and pines away longingly for my return.  We already have a firm no tech at the table rule, but even then, the cell is always comfortably and safely in reach…just in case.  In case of what?  What is it that I have to find right then on Google, Amazon, or IMDB that can’t wait a couple of hours?

It sounds so simple, but I know how I am.  For me, this will be more difficult than I would like to admit.  Maybe I’m alone in this sentiment, but based on what I see on the roads, in restaurants, and almost everywhere else I look, I don’t believe that I am.

Tech withdrawal updates to follow.

***MoJo***

Shalini is joining the game, too!  Check out her amazing blog at the link below.  She’s fabulous!!

https://bookreviewsbyshalini.wordpress.com
https://techalerter.wordpress.com

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