I’m sure that absolutely shocked you. But really, who doesn’t have a device of some shape of form nowadays? Not very many. And you might be familiar with a parent’s favorite phrase: “There where no computers when I was your age.” I know I am. 😉
But why don’t we ever see people nowadays without their phones? Because we rely on them, don’t we? We rely on them for news, camera, information, and even friends.
So I challenged myself. Seven days without my iPad.
I’m not sure what to do. I’ve only just begun. I feel a little lost and irritable and find myself wandering around for things to do.
I woke up anxious and had no idea what to do. Every week morning I write on my iPad from 7 to 7:30, but I don’t have one. I had to fill my time in other ways. By afternoon I’m coming up with every excuses under the sun to get my iPad back. I’m very anxious and at a loss when I need to look something up for school. Later in the day my mum printed off an article on device detox and I start calming down.
I’m bored, not nearly as anxious and am not showing much emotion but I’m not irritated either. By the end of the day I have completed multiple non-iPad projects that I had been putting off for days because of the device.
I was pretty bored until I broke out some audiobooks I hadn’t listen to in ages because I had been using my iPad for music. I also found a coloring book I forgot I had had that was actually really fun.
Basically a repeat of day four.
Day 7, The Last Day:
I was actually surprised with myself on this day. I had to resist the urge to ask for my iPad back. You would think after six days you could do it! But I had to hold off another few hours.
So, there you have it, the story of my screen break. Pretty boring, wasn’t it? 😉
So what differences have I felt now that I have my device back? Well, I’m not nearly in such a rush to get back to it if I’m out doing something. I’m not worried about missing something so much. And I feel more relaxed.
So now it’s your turn. One week. You can do you it, ‘cause I did. 😎