by John Axelrod
I woke up Monday morning on the couch in my parent’s living room disoriented. I had fallen asleep early the night before in front of Sunday night football and awoke around 6:30am initially unaware of where I was. My parents must have known how badly I needed the sleep and not bothered to wake me up. I was grateful for that as waking up three days week at 4:00am for an unpaid internship had taken its toll on my sleep schedule.
After waking up and eating breakfast I planned on watching an episode of my favorite TV show, Boardwalk Empire, on demand. But I then quickly realized that today was a day of no technology for me and opted to do some reading for class instead.
Around 9:30 my brother, a Georgia Tech student also home for fall break, woke up and we started preparing for another day on the golf course. Over the summer we had both worked at this gorgeous private course a few miles down the road from our house, and our reputations as excellent employees had provided us with the privilege of playing at this awesome course whenever we wanted.
We drove to the course, a violation of a technology free day but I couldn’t pass up one of my last opportunities to play for the rest of the year. Once we arrived we met up with some friends and we proceeded to have a great day outdoors. We played until it got dark, stopping only to eat lunch. After golf I took a bus back to NYC and made it home in time to finish some homework and get some sleep before my internship the next day.
For the most part going through the day without using technology was not that difficult, thanks in part to my activity that day. The weather was nice, the course was in great shape and I was in the company of close friends, so I wasn’t too tempted to open the golf bag and check the cell phone.
The one thing that struck me as remarkable on this day is just how utterly reliant our culture is on technology. In today’s world we are constantly relying on it to take us from place to place faster, and communicate instantly with people across the globe. If these capabilities were suddenly lost our world would be in disarray. On the whole we no longer seem to have the self-reliance and skills necessary to survive under pre-industrial conditions. Without technology our society would crumble.