"My technical life was a nightmare", says one student at the beginning of her final exam on technology, nature and her inner experience. This exclamation letter has hurt me so much that I've repeated it often through the day when I describe this assignment to other students and college at Saint Francis University, a small university sheltered in the mountains of the Allegheny Mountains in the center of Pennsylvania.
As part of the curriculum in the environmental sociology class, students are asked to comment on two different but related types of experience: two technical days and 6 times in nature, in solitude without mobile phones or iPods. Their responses to these types of experience are both initially significant and unexpected change, but in actual life quality. In this article, I will relate to their experience on tech-free days.
For this project, I have given them instructions but I have left them how they want to define a technical "day". Knowing how tall most of the undergraduate students are by phone, laptops with facebooks and iPods, I'm thrilled to tell them how long they should go without such support. Some students expand themselves and define today as a real day – from the sun up to after dinner. Others can only go as far as defining one hour as a day. & # 39; I ask them to consider the following questions and write them in their magazines.
How does it spend a day without technology? What effect does it have on your mood? Your mind? Your feelings? What difference do you take between technical and technical day? Like? What are some things you like on a technical day and why? What did you not think and why? How has technology influenced your social interaction? Explain. Please describe other comments.
In our culture, most of us have become subject to communication technology in some form. And most of us have become addicted to this technology without being aware of how much we trust it. For example, we are texttah friends, blogging and & # 39; Facebook & # 39; (and create a new verb in that process). With college students, I'm amazed and secretly touched by how often they call their parents. Many students said calling their parents every single day. Others said they called their parents, usually their mother, between each and every class. Some students complain about missing meetings or practices without technology (obviously, their schedule changes every day and this is how they are informed).
However, I also fear how much computer sharing has changed face to face communication with college students who live right down the hall from each. They tell me they could ask their friend rather than simply going down to the hall to say hi.
I have used this project for hundreds of students in a few years in a lot of classes. I am always amazed with insight into the awareness of these simple exercises coming to them about their social interaction and their lifestyle. The following are SELECT FEW of their personal responses:
To be present: "In one day without technology, you are fully focused on what you are doing and who you have. You have no disturbance to take you from that place .
Becoming more social: "This activity made me social because in order to see what time was going to dinner and the time I had to go up to people and ask them instead of infecting them or instant messaging. I also see (d) how beautiful this campus is. "
" Technological days (have) improved my social interaction. I have more conversations with my friends and girls in my dormitory than just sitting in the room talking about chat messages and using text. just send chat and text. "
The waste of time:" Finally, it spends my time. "The mind came to mind," What do I really get by using technology? "
Addiction to Technology: (During a 7.5 hour bus ride to a basketball game, without technology)," I did not know I was going to do it. To open the bottom of a bus, but instead my team put on me and I decided not to. And voicemail I felt like drug abuse, I realized how heavy I was with my phone. "" (Without my phone), I did not know what to do with me. I felt crazy. "
Family Time: One student widespread the technical holiday for his family:" When I was sitting in the living room yesterday, the phone rang. The house Just as I looked back on the laptop, my sister could ask me who was calling. She knows that my sister and I live in separate rooms and just message each other if we need any idea! "
They continued to play 2 games of SORRY and 1 game SCATTERGORIES." To our surprise, we had fun ….. Who knows! Perhaps this will be our new tradition! "
Start a new tradition at home! Get tech today, relieve stress and maybe enjoyable!