Sunday, November 11, 2012

Exelectric Week

Exelectric Week has come to a close.  "What's that?" you ask.  It was my own little experiment, in a way.  I wanted to see what would happen if I took a week off from using Facebook and my cell phone, my two biggest means of communicating with people.

If only I had known what I was getting myself into...

I started the technology fast on Sunday and everything was going well until Wednesday.  I needed to use my phone to call a friend, and when I did, I saw some important phone calls I had missed in the process.  So, I decided to keep my phone active from then on to monitor for necessary incoming calls - three and a half days had been plenty of time to go without my iPhone.

It was also about Wednesday that I began to have serious Facebook withdrawals.  And I mean serious withdrawals.  I wanted to check up on my friends in cyber space, to see how my FB peeps were doing.  For some reason I felt like I was missing out on everything that they were doing because I couldn't see it happening on Facebook.

But I survived the entire week, and I'm thankful for the experience.  The biggest plus was the time it gave me.  Instead of chatting on Facebook, I was able to hang out in the Student Center an extra minute or two and chat with friends in person.  Instead of posting funny quips on Twitter, I expressed them to the nearest people I could find, often leading to instant friendships as we laughed about the ironies of life.  Instead of just wishing my friends a quick "happy birthday" on Facebook, I was actually able to attend a friend's birthday party.  Instead of always thinking about what my friends were doing on Facebook, I was able to think about what I was doing off Facebook.

Technology is not a bad thing.  Facebook is a great way to connect with people.  Cell phones are the backbone of modern communication.  But taking a short break can really enable you to reevaluate your life and your priorities.

If there's anything in your life that's taking up a large portion of your time and attention, distracting you from the more important things in life, try taking a break for a bit.  It's well worth it!

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