Going Tech Free

Technology has indeed transformed my life; it was hard to go tech free the whole day. When I first told my husband and kids about it, they laughed and said that I will not be able to do it. They said that because they know how attached I am to my laptop and mobile phone. I use my laptop every day for reading and doing my homework, and I use my phone for social media mostly to connect with family and friends. I went tech free on Thursday because I did not have any classes that day. In the morning, I was able to finish cleaning my house and finish doing the laundry which was haunting me for weeks. I had an urge between cleaning tasks to look at my mobile phone but I ignored it. I felt that I would missing some important messages or emails. So, during my coffee break at around 12 p.m I cheated and checked my emails and my social medias (WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat). The funny thing was that I decided to open Facebook although it’s been months since I last opened it, here I knew that I am addicted to technology and social media. I also wanted to listen to music while cleaning but I decided to have a quite cleaning time as much as I can. However, at 6 p.m while I was waiting for my kids to finish their gymnastic class, which lasted for an hour, I felt bored so I used my mobile phone. There was nothing important, I checked messages, Instagram, and Snapchat. I acknowledge that all of these are social media which are not important and take so much of my time, however I feel relaxed and happy when I check them. I usually do not use technology or do homework between 5 and 9 because it’s the time I spend with my kids, help them with their homework, play, and have dinner. But at around 10 p.m I missed my laptop and I was not able to force myself not to use it, so I convinced myself that I need to do some homework, but after 15 minutes, I watched Netflix.

Overall, going tech free did help get more physical and finish the tasks I have been holding for a long time like cleaning. It did help me realize more how addicted I am to social media which is really not important and take so much time. I decided to cut back on my social media usage and take time to be more physical and finish other tasks my life demands me to do.

10 Comments on Going Tech Free

  1. J
    September 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Very interesting. By the way, what did you watch on Netflix? That should be very good to watch.^^

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  2. kbvv
    September 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm (7 years ago)

    I can totally understand how you felt when you were away from technology. As a graduate student, it is almost impossible to keep ourselves isolated from SNS or laptop. ><

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  3. Zhigang Bai
    September 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm (7 years ago)

    I found that social media consumes a lot of my time. I will try to go out and take a walk in the future. Forget the social network and we will have a better life.

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  4. Lara
    September 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm (7 years ago)

    Laundry is technology!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  5. Lara
    September 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm (7 years ago)

    So is the vacuum! and stove!

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  6. Mohamed Yacoub
    September 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Good post but I need to ask you, is using stove to cook food is technology aspect?

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  7. nytv
    September 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Well Amal, we cannot help it because we are conditioned. And Technologies glued in us! God reflections though!

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  8. gwhv
    September 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm (7 years ago)

    I found that tech has involved people a lot and they think they are isolated from the world if they stopped logging into it.

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  9. Sukanto Roy
    September 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Amal,

    Thank you very much for such a nice post.

    Best,

    Sukanto

    Reply
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