Right now, I’m blogging and watching “Oprah”. I have two magazines sitting next to me on the couch, waiting for me to read. My cell phone is in my lap, ready and waiting to chat with HABL, to talk about movies we want to go see.
Do you think I have a problem?
Today’s episode of Oprah focused on families reconnecting with each other by spending a week without technology. No TV, no phone, no computer, nada. Yikes. It reminded me of a dark time in college when I was a broadcasting major for one semester (I changed it to Theater when my parents weren’t looking).
In one of my required classes, we had an assignment that required us to give up all forms of media, for one day. The point of the assignment was to show us society's complete dependence on it. That meant giving up:
8. Video games
They had me at TV. What is there to do without media? Ride a bike? Snoring. Have meaningful conversations with family members? Tell that to a teen! Imagine a college student without a book! Imagine a college student without music! It’s just crazy talk, I tell you!
Now, I survived that black day in history, but not without some serious scars. I mean, look at me now. It’s been a thousand years since those days, but the pain of boredom was so intense, that if I don’t have a book, a magazine, or my Nintendo DS somewhere within arms reach, I get nervous. If I can’t check my email for one day, I get the shakes! If I don’t turn on the TV first thing in the morning, call a doctor.
Okay, so I have a tiny problem, but I’m not so unlike others! I challenge you to try it. See if you like it. The worst thing that would happen would be that you miss one day of posting on your blog, right? The best case scenario would be that you discover living a simpler life is actually enjoyable.
Maybe I’ll do it again, too, show some solidarity?