Merciful Mornings
September 6, 2015

River

I was away from the world of technology and social media for a whole weekend, and I didn’t die. I even opened up a real paper book, and it was glorious.

For many people, that seems like a silly thing to say. “Well, of course you didn’t die! Who needs the interwebs, anyway?? Not me!” But you might be surprised.

We had a family retreat with our church this weekend, and the campgrounds are out in the middle of nowhere. Some people loved the idea of losing all contact with the outside world. No phones, no Facebook, no Twitter, no technological extension of themselves to keep up with all weekend. Is this sounding good to  you?

For others, it was more of a challenge. We still walked around with our phones in our back pockets the whole time we were there. Why?? For most people, these crazy arm-extensions now also serve as a clock, camera, notebook, and flashlight. Forgot your bible for the evening devo? No worries – there’s an app for that. And as we used our phones as cameras to capture the precious moments, you could hear people saying things like, “I guess I’ll just text this to you once we have signal again.” What?? I have to WAIT for my pictures?! That’s just cruel.

I realized very quickly just how reliant we have become on these devices. We all talk about it, and you can probably find a million articles written about the shift of culture as technology advances. Nothing new here. But I really wonder – could you do it? If I were to challenge you to lock up your phone for an entire weekend, what would your initial reaction be? Some would immediately dismiss the suggestion because who can go that long without it?? Perish the thought! Others would consider it for a moment… and then have a panic attack. There are a few who still have that sigh of relief when the connection is broken.

So here’s the question my truly curious mind wants to know: what’s your response to the suggestion of a whole weekend without a phone or social media? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Who knows – maybe I’ll have my third graders create a graph to show the results. 😉

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10 responses to “Can You Live Without It?”

  1. Ann says:

    Your first sentence made me chuckle 🙂 SO true, we don’t die when we take a tech break. It’s such an odd thing that we feel the need to be connected 24/7. I wouldn’t want to broadcast it, so why should I be available? I’m trying a new thing…turning off my data and only allowing my phone to be attached to wifi, which means if I’m not hooked up to wifi, I won’t get certain notifications. We’ll see – excited to see. So glad you shared on #shinebloghop 🙂

  2. I’d be fine without the phone, the texting, or internet…but I’d miss the camera! What did I do before my iphone? Enjoying linking with you at Coffee for Your Heart.

  3. Cherisse says:

    I have noticed lately that this has been a struggle for me. We don’t have a landline and I’m often home alone with the kids. Also, I work from my phone so if I turned off my phone, I would worry that I would miss something. But I also know that I can’t just sit without having my phone and my attention span is very short. I need to work on this!!!

    • Merciful Mornings says:

      I’m in the same boat, Cherisse! With so much of business going towards social media, it’s hard to put it down for a while! I’m learning to create boundaries and schedule time for work instead of being available for it 24/7. We can do this! 🙂

  4. Brenda says:

    I’m still old school . . . I think I would only miss my phone, being able to receive calls and reach others. But if my family is all with me, I’d be fine without it! Well, I might need to take some pictures . . . 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Neal says:

    I think it would be hard to totally not even check my phone for calls or messages! I am so used to having it on or near me that it would be weird to not use it ,but it would be good for me!

    • Merciful Mornings says:

      Agreed, Elizabeth! When you’re so used to it being right there all the time, it’s hard to get out of the habit of looking for it!

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