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DWT: The Fault in Our Oblivion

By: Daniela Franco

I had been dreading my ‘Digital Sabbath’ from the day the assignment was given. I’ll admit I am one of those people who has been digitally documenting her life on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My mom has actually gone out of her way to point out times in which it was unnecessary for me to post on the Internet. And so I took on this task with fear and began to overly prepare for my 24 hours without technology.

As I considered what exactly fell under the category of ‘technology’, I realized it was next to impossible to truly take all technology away. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of The Distraction Addiction, said “Our goal is to not eliminate technology completely, but to limit it and control it,” so I made a list of objects I would disconnect with and shut off entirely: digital alarm clock, iPod, iPad, MacBook Pro, and iPhone. The only piece of technology that I would allow myself would be my analog watch.

Prior to going to bed and officially beginning my journey, I did some safety web surfing. First, I perused the Weather Channel to make sure the weather wouldn’t shock me. Then, I explored Google Maps to map out my 6 mile running route, print the map and steps to make to Brooklyn and back to Tribeca. And finally, Facebook and Twitter to announce my disconnecting. In bed by 10pm, I dreamed of a world full of Apple products and headphones.

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My Day Without Technology, In Which I Gripe About People Who Gripe About Technology

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Here, the author takes a selfie in Argentina with one of her closest friends while ALSO being photographed by another good friend. INFINITY SELFIE.

My day without technology came about quite accidentally: on one fateful Saturday a few months ago, I found myself ensnared in a beleaguered college student’s Perfect Storm: with copious assignments, articles and reading responses due the following Monday, my computer crashed like the Hindenburg and refused to boot up, making an ominous three-toned beeping sound whenever I tried. To top things off, the previous day I’d lost my iPhone charger and was thus left with a sad, silent hunk of Apple technology that no longer lit up when I touched it. I’m not a complainer, though. I remembered my Journalism assignment and I decided to roll with my forced luddite-status.

Here’s the thing: I find most condemnations of society’s ever-increasing use of technology to be reactionary, baffled, judgmental and overall hugely annoying (not to mention boring). Sure, maybe I’m not looking people in the eye on the subway anymore, but that’s because I’m scrolling through chapters of Kierkegaardian philosophy. Or maybe I’m just playing Angry Birds. The point is, the internet is an incredible invention and it’s everyone’s own damn business how, when and how much they decide to use it.

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My DWT: Reflecting on Information Technology

By Wendy (Tzu-Shu) Shyu

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I sat at Chelsea Park, trying to read, waiting for a friend.

Before starting my Day without Technology, I had several conversations with people around me about the idea of not using technology for a day. When my friend heard about this, she suggested that I should not have my phone with me at all times, whether or not I use it, as part of my experience should be understanding the sense of insecurity the lack of technology brings.

My other friends proposed the idea that it is impossible to live without technology, as the subway, traffic lights, and even electricity should be considered as technology. My dad even joked that the only way to stay away from all technologies is probably to sleep nakedly under a big tree. In order to make things easier, I followed the rule of thumb of Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, the author of The Distraction Addiction: “[It is] important to recognize while we talk about technology, we mean information technology and modern ones.”

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My Week Off the Grid: Spring Break in Ghana

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For my Digital Sabbath I banned the usage of my laptop, iPod, and cellphone.  Although I made an exception for my digital camera.

By Deborah Lubanga 

My younger sister was the last person to text me as I boarded my flight to Ghana.  Unfortunately, our conversation ended abruptly the moment I stepped onto the plane and lost cell service. In fact, I would spend my whole spring break completely cut off from everyone except for the 20 others students I was traveling with as a part of the New York University Presidential Honors Scholars Program.

However, this was not just a week without cell service. It was a week without technology because I decided to forgo using all my electronics, particularly the Wi-Fi-enabled devices.  This decisions stemmed from a class assignment for which we had to spend at least one day without technology.    Continue reading

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A Day Without Technology: An Introspective Look at Time

By Hwi Yong Shin

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I have no idea how long it took for the brightness of my room to finally wake me up. Feeling lethargic and disoriented I turned my head to find my roommate’s bed, sheets crumpled and bereft of said roommate. I blinked. My roommate never wakes up before me. Never. As a force of discipline I have always taken it upon myself to start my bed sometime between 7:30 to 8:00 AM while he usually wakes up by 10:00 at earliest. I craned my neck to look at an old wall clock. It was 11:30. I blinked again. What happened? Why didn’t my alarm clock wake me up? Then I groaned. Today was the day I decided to do my “Day without Technology” assignment, where I was required to live the next 24 hours of my life without computers, phones and other communication devices.  My ‘alarm clock’ was an electronic app inside a Samsung Galaxy III which was currently turned off inside my desk. Without it, I was unable to discern one of the most important dimensions of my life. Continue reading

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A Day Sans Technology

foto (3)By Katie Ambrosini

My day sans technology didn’t start off too well…

I turned off my phone the night before (aka my alarm clock). Therefore the only thing that I had to wake me up the next morning was the bright afternoon sun and my boyfriend’s (Anthony’s) snoring. It was nearly 1 o’clock when I slowly peeled opened my eyes. And I felt like the most useless human being.

I figured I wouldn’t be using my phone that much anyway since Anthony was with me and he’s the only person I usually text. I should not have assumed this.

I forgot that my phone is also my map, my mini bank, my email, my facebook, my twitter. All things  which I check multiple times throughout the day. I have to admit, having Anthony around made it a lot easier. Usually when I’m alone I’m more inclined to check my phone and all other modes of communications. Continue reading

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March 3, 2013 · 10:04 am

A Disastrous Day Without Technology

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No other day could you have caught me playing reverse go-fish…

By: Komal Patel

My friends were all pretty surprised by how unfazed I was at the idea of spending 24 hours without technology. Although I was only giving up use of my phone, tablet, and laptop for one day, they were still pretty shocked by the idea, and they were even more shocked by my calm demeanor regarding the whole thing. I suppose that’s just our generation–giving up electronics is equivalent to giving up sustenance.

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