Technological Detoxing

This won’t be my usual whining and complaining blog but instead a few words on how I’m being rudely awakened on the issue of my dependence on my electronics. Yesterday in church, the pastor asked if we would as a congregation, collectively fast this week every day until 12 noon. He said he wouldn’t tell us HOW to do it nor would he tell us WHAT to give up but gave some suggestions such as: “if you get up every morning and have to have that coffee faithfully, then let that be the thing you focus on giving up”. “If you sit in front of the TV in the morning, keep it off…”. Basically, I believe he was saying that in addition to the traditional fasting without food, also cut out the one thing you think you can’t do without or that would be a major sacrifice for you. BINGO! you guessed it – for me it’s my electronics which means no iPod iTouch, no iPad, no Netbook, no PC, no phone, no texting and no emailing! Grrrrrr….!!! And by the way – although I originally wrote this with prehistoric pen and paper, it’s now after 12 noon so I’m obviously within the parameters of permission to plug back into the Matrix and now type this on my iPad in order to upload and post! Just sayin…….lol! At the time I pecked this out on stone with a sharp instrument like they did back in the day, it was about 10:30 and I had not had any food either so I may become a little incoherent with my thoughts as you get further into this.

Anyway, I feel totally lost – AND BORED – but am now asking the question, “Am I on the brink of addiction to this stuff? Have I really become so dependent on these things if I’m feeling this way?”. It’s sad to say, well not say but I guess for people to read, that I like many, have come to replace good old fashioned (although I don’t know how ‘good’ it really is – its all relative I guess), twice as long pen and paper effort with quick texting and impersonal emailing. To THAT I say “Oh well – it is what it is. I’ve never been a social butterfly anyway! Lol.” However, I have heard the commercial that says when you type, you don’t use your brain as much – well, at least my fingers are strong. On my down time (which I seem to have an abundance of these days) I also noticed that I don’t OPT (meaning CHOOSE) to get outside in the air as much as I used to but instead I OPT (there’s that word again) to stay immobile and be on the lookout for my pop-up alerts telling me that my crops are ready to be harvested in Farmville or that my cell phones are ready for shipment in We City or it’s my move in Words With Friends oh and let’s not forget my obsession with posting, commenting or just reading things on FACEBOOK and Twitter every 10 minutes (or less). My TV is literally collecting dust because I seriously DO NOT turn it on anymore due to seemingly always be in multitasking mode – I need to get the right angle of view, be able to get the comfort level of my liking – even if that means being covered in 5 layers of blankets – or just the ability to be able to pause, rewind, stop, or watch it again and because of these factors, I’ll watch my DVD’s and TV episodes on my PC, Netbook or albeit smaller – my portable DVD player. Now you tell me – is this extreme to you or not? Please say you’re worse or at least know SOMEBODY of equal craziness!

My point on closing is not to proclaim that I’ve had some harsh wakeup call from going cold turkey with my electronics for a few hours and that I’m now seeing that a 12 Step program called EA (Electronics Anonymous) is inevitably in my future and because of all this I’m considering becoming an activist for going back to the days of pre-advanced technology – NEVER COULD, NEVER WOULD! I’m just simply writing to let others know about my first day journey through HELL and that at the end of this week – since he didn’t specify the 5 day work week or the literal 7 day one, I’m going to use a technical loophole and go with the 5 day one – possibly see how this has affected me. I’m definitely curious to see if I can stick this out.

I know that we all use technology to different degrees and for different purposes. Take my friend Jo, who’s NOT a fan of FACEBOOK, chatting or even phone conversations but she will not hesitate to send me a 200 page (give or take a few pages) email on a daily basis – although I haven’t heard from her in a minute…..hmmmm? Aaron my son is the walking billboard for FACEBOOK – nothing else matters to him – he lives for FACEBOOK and that’s how he communicates with his friends – even the ones who he may be in the same room with at that moment! Then I have another friend, Melissa. Haven’t quite figured her out yet and where she stands in this world of wireless but i do know she’s not a FACEBOOK person but will hold a text conversation with you in a minute (provided she’s not busy – we’ve had some deep ones about our parents and about the good ole days when we were younger). So with all that said, I’m glad to know I’m not alone but I am realizing in those few hours of feeling paralyzed just how much I’ve allowed technology to dig its claws into me. Bottom line: would I go back and change it? Nope! Lol! At the time I originally was wrote this and was almost done, I had 40 minutes left before I could officially plug back in to my little virtual world so what I did was go open my front door, take in a few breaths in the name of “getting some fresh air”, then went back to my room and counted down the minutes! I chanted over and over, “Mama’s comin Farmville! Mama’s comin”

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3 thoughts on “Technological Detoxing

  1. Okay, so I was looking forward to your next post and was not disappointed! And what made it even better was seeing my name “in lights”!! And your right, I am not on Facebook (maybe one day). I will add also (embarrassed to admit) that my cell phone doesn’t even have a keyboard. Shocking right? So although I am willing to have a conversation via text, I’d much rather email or talk on the phone. But the people closest to me, well I must see them in person!! 🙂 And as for your pastor, while I can appreciate the point he is making in giving up the things we “think” we can’t live without well….please Pastor please….DON’T MAKE ME GIVE UP THE COFFEE!!!

    And Trainer Chick I enjoy reading your blog! I think it is great that your readers will be encouraged by you to set goals for ourselves!

  2. Umm – 200 pages? I’m thinking you mean two hundred words cause ain’t no way I’ve had the staying power for more than two pages of email. You are correct though, FB is not my venue. I will get about emails stating that I have 20 notifications awaiting my response and I just ignore it until something/someone finally grabs my attention. I continually think of cancelling my account but somewhere in the dark closets of my mind I enjoy knowing I can easily click on an old homies page and see what’s going on these days. You pretty much know what my convo sounds like. I’m ok. That’s the extent of my updates so that’s why I don’t text or write anymore. I do enjoy having a smartphone to access the web here and there and really just use my laptop for browsing internet for celebrity gossip. That’s my “farmville”. I can definetly see where the pastor was going with this and just reading it from your point of view it’s a real eye opener. I can’t even get myself to journal for 15 minutes a day without the tv or Howard Stern on. I’m going to give this a try, maybe in a different form but I need to get centered without the technology and food (i.e. sugar, junk and energy drinks) limiting my progress. Kudos for you and your blog!

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