Thursday, May 21, 2009

Media Overload

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:

1. TV
2. Movies
3. Radio/Music/CDs
4. Books
5. Magazines
6. Computer/Internet
7. Newspapers
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?



Mommy of Many said...

So true that simple life is actually enjoyable, but all the technology allows us to connect with one another. That's my reason, and I'm sticking to it.......I'm a tech junkie too! Enjoyed this post, maybe I will turn some stuff off today.

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LZ said...

In theory, it sounds like a nice day where you can hang with your kids and enjoy just being with them.
In practice, it would last 30 minutes, if that.
If I am on the road or somewhere with no TV or internet, I'm cool, but having it at my disposal and choosing to avoid it would require willpower that I just do not possess!

Tami said...

heh heh, I dunno if I could live without my computer. I have for a weekend, and ALWAYS seem to ENJOY my time away, but once the lil bugger is back in my lap, I can't do without it. It calls MY NAME! I tell it to hush, and it won't.. Tammi..Tami..TAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMI.
I try to ignore it's calls for help, it's calls for a soft touch, its voice in my head wont leave LOL

I posted your recipe for home made pizza. If you have any questions you can call me. hope you still have my #!!


Sherry said...

4,5, & 6 are the only ones I use with any regularity. The magazines I could toss--no problem. I only read them b/c somewhere along the way I got Free to cheap subscriptions. Books would be hard to give up--but why should you? The internet is another story! That's where most of my friends live!!! You can't ask someone to give up their friends! ;) I have done it for a few days at a time when I felt other things were falling by the wayside--but it wasn't pleasant.

Jenjen © GottaLoveMom said...

TV and blogging - that's super multi-tasking!

magazines, newspapers and video games - I can live without.
movies - I can wait till it comes out on TV.
radio/music - that would be a lonely day since we LOVE music in our home.
internet - oh boy! that would be painful! how do I talk to my families far away?


Mommy24cs said...

nu uh, I'm not gonna try it! It gives me anxiety just thinking about it. Well I could give up the newspaper. I can just look on line if I want to read the news :p

Can't give up the DS though, I'm finally kickin butt on Cooking Mama 2. I got the slicing down perfectly.

Tess said...

just cant do it. I went one day without the Internet and I almost passed out!

Miss Behavin said...

Yikes! I swear I just had a panic attack reading your post. My palms are sweaty, my heart is beating irregularly, and I may just have to run next door and swipe a couple anti-anxiety meds from my mother-in-law. Maybe ask her to light a couple Holy Candles and say a quick prayer while I'm at it.

I'm not a big TV watcher, but it's ALWAYS ON! It's background noise, it's company, it's my comfort, ya know? If not the TV, then definitely the stereo or CD player. I love music. The music motivates me to clean so how would I get anything done around the house if I couldn't have the music on? And magazines and books are my source of inspiration, education, motivation - can't give those up either.

I'm on social media overload for sure when it comes to the internet. Between my blog, Facebooking, Twitter, and the social networks I've joined to stay connected with people who read my blog, friend me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter...well!!!

I have cut down my internet usage on the weekends, especially when it's so gorgeous outside. It doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would, and lately I haven't been turning it on at all, not even to check my email during the weekend.

Alicia said...

I don't know who would have a harder time. Me or my older kids..LOL!

I know there was someone who challenged other bloggers to stay "unplugged" for a day! That would feel like an eternity, wouldn't it???

We're so spoiled by all these things we have access to!

I guess if I did that, I would have a really clean house! LOL

Life with Kaishon said...

I watched it too. It was the first time in years I have watched Oprah, but I saw the preview and I wondered what would happen. I am glad she didn't come to my house. I just don't think I could give up blogging : )

So water ice is very finely shaved ice with flavors. It is SO good. I mean, ridiculously good. Sadly, I could eat it every day ...

ModernMom said...

Oh I can't play that game!
It really is amazing though isn' dependent we have become on all things electronic. Not only do we need them, but we need them to be fast!

Amy and her little family said...

Wow that would be a challenge!! I don't know if I could do it!

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BK said...

The last time I did something similar was when I was holidaying with some friends. And it was not even close to what you had done back in school. It just proves how dependent we have become on media and technology. Some people will go crazy without the phone for a day since they would not be contactable for the whole day. Can't imagine in the older days when we didn't have the cellphone, how did people survive. :)

PS: Thank you for commenting at my blog too. I received it in the spam box, but I have approved it already. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Mary K Brennan said...

I actually did do just that this week. I returned to my computer to find I had 55 emails, a blog out of whack, and "What exactly is going on with John and Kate?"
See, not worth it. I love quality time with the kids, but I am an information junkie. I read 2 newspapers before the kids even rise, check email, watch the news, catch up with the magazines while using the potty, and so on.
I'll try it again, but not right away. Great post!

American in Norway said...

Your blog is ADORABLE! We went without TV last year for several months...(when we moved into our new house...) - it took the cable company MONTHS to get out to us.. I cheated.. I downloaded shows off of Itunes.. Going without my computer? Not going to happen.. We are planning a 2 week camping trip across Europe this summer & I am already stressed about how I am going to blog/check my email...(sad really) Thanks for popping by today.. Yes I speak Norwegian over here.. (but try to speak only English to my kids...) thanks for asking a question so I don't look like a total loser! : ) Have a great weekend!

Cairo Typ0 said...

No technology?! I feel twitchy going more than a few hours without checking my email!

stan said...

Oh wow. We're all in the same shoes. I watch my talk shows, blog and facebook while sms-ing on the hp. I guess we'll multi task ourselves to our graves?

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

Wow! There's no way I could live without my internet and blogging friends.

Thank you for commenting, and wishing me well in figuring out all the html to get my blog back.

I'm up and running again. WOO HOO! Come on by to check it out, and let me know what you think.



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