Tuesday, 24 February 2015

I Went Technology-Free For 48 Hours...

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Gives You Hell' - All American Rejects ♫ ♪

Touchscreen, swipey gadgety things are taking over our lives. They were created to enhance our social skills, but there's an argument stating that over time, they have helped to make us more anti-social. Us folks in the Western World depend so much on technology, so I wanted to see if I could go without it for two days in January. Totally cold, dry turkey...
I Went Technology-Free For 48 Hours...
I can't lie -  a part of me was really up for this fresh, exciting, hippie challenge.
Before the experiment, I expected an earth-shatteringly surreal experience. I imagined myself connecting with my true inner self and finding my special 'zen' place. What I really got was two days of looking at a ceiling, not even knowing what day it was.
The fantasies I had in my mind of wearing a skimpy day dress, skipping barefoot through a field (holding a kite of course) and riding a vintage bike ran away with me and I was just about ready to throw my electricals out of the nearest window.
But then I remembered that I live in Northern Scotland and its winter, so none of those things were remotely possible. Not to mention I had no chance of reaching my friends without calling, texting or facebook messaging them. Fucks sake. 
If you read my "24 Hours Without My iPhone" post last year, you'd know that it didn’t start or end very well at all. I turned into such a weird person who suddenly didn't know anything and it was horrible. I felt lost and alone, and that was just within 24 hours!
Fast-forward a few months and I’m back to prove to myself that I can actually survive without a phone, laptop, tablet,  pager (lol), etc. Yeah, I know, I'm a bloody lunatic.

So "what did you get up to over the two days?” I hear you ask.
How the FUCK am I supposed to remember what I did? Honestly, how rude of you to even ask me that. Ugggh. 

I didn't have my phone to take pictures or a laptop to exaggerate how great a time I was having all on my own. And at that moment, I realised the ancient, sacred verse was true: "If you didn't Instagram it, did it even happen?" - Unknown Proverb
My selfie stick was of no use to me and my camera gathered dust on my desk. They all looked so sad, staring at me, craving attention that I just could not give to them. They had a right to be mad. I, their loyal owner and companion had abandoned them and chose "fresh air" instead. WTF was I thinking? I am an awful human being.

Is this what life was really like for our parents/people over 40 back in the day? What did they do with themselves? Actually, it was the 70s we all know what was going on...(too soon?)

No, but seriously, I read - I read a lot. Books, magazine, uni textbooks (just kidding, I wasn't that desperate), the lot. And it was dull. Dull dull dull. There are only so many paper cuts I can endure and words sliding off the pages and whacking me in the head. Nah, never again.
As I lost track of time completely (I really need to get one of those watch things), I found myself tidying up my flat a lot, seeing as I had so much free time on my hands.
I also went on a walk (alone as I couldn't call anyone to join me) and performed some weird karaoke with myself, as I seem to have every single musical show tune stored under the 'WTF Is Joelle Doing With Her Life?' archive in my mind. 
I don't like this version of Joelle. 
Back to the drawing board. 
And by that, I mean iPhone. I shall never forsake it for as long as... it lives.
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