Imagine a day without technology!
Modern technology has taken over the world. A technological edge has taken over everything ranging from paying your bills to cooking your food. Tech dependence has become a thing, and most of us depend on technology directly or indirectly to put food on the table and run our lives.
And although many won’t be able to imagine a day without technology, letting go and taking a break once in a while can be refreshing and keep you sane.
Benefits of a Day Without Technology:
The first thing we do when we wake up is to check our phones. We switch on the internet and check on Instagram or emails. How about a change for a day? On a day without technology, wake up and do not touch your phone.
Wash up and brush, and find a comfortable position for meditation. Do not plug in earphones or get assistance from a meditation app.
It will be hard initially, but let go and let the sweet chirping of birds, the whistling of the wind, and the feeling of a new morning hit you. It will be a trance-like state for you.
Graphic design and illustration are new things. It has taken over the world as a new art form—an excellent way of making attractive and unique designs.
I love graphic design and taking courses to learn it. But how about going back to drawing with a pencil, paper, and eraser? It is not the old-fashioned way, and many still do it. But since it is a day without technology. We encourage you to draw, even if you are a beginner.
Although not common for everyone, when was the last time you had food without staring at a screen?
Most of us watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any YouTube video while eating. This may not be the case with working professionals at work cause the boss will give you a stare down.
Next time you’re having breakfast, dinner, or just snacking, put the phone away. Enjoy the flavor of the food you’re having, cherish it, and be thankful for it.
No Google Maps
A day without technology doesn’t sound better than a day without using google maps while you are traveling. It can sound scary at first, traveling to a new unknown location. Maybe you are with a friend or just alone.
It really does sound scary not using a digital map from the phone. What if you wander into a shady neighborhood? But then you remember, it is a day without technology for you. So just be prepared ahead, buy an Atlas or a local guide for the place you are traveling to. Some might be very accurate. Some might not be.
Rely on your social skills and follow the good old method of asking bystanders, fellow travelers, and locals for directions and detailed information—something you won’t find on google and maps.
This makes up for a real adventure and challenge while traveling, instead of being completely comfortable using Google Maps.
Stock Up on Your Favorite Music Albums
Before torrent, Soundcloud, and Spotify, there were CD and cassette tapes for all the popular songs and albums. And while it may sound unreasonable and inconvenient, a day without technology can also mean giving up Spotify and switching to the good old CD.
While writing letters to your boss or coworkers might seem unreasonable for you and them. And your boss might call you an idiot for doing that. But we are not talking about writing letters to your boss.
A love letter was a thing before Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Skype, and email. Lovers and couples would write to their significant others, pouring in their passion and emotions, because they knew the letters would not reach before 10-15, depending on the distance.
There was anticipation that the lovers felt while waiting for their letters. And although anticipation, passion, and emotions are still present today. The ease of communication has made people take their partners for granted, and often there is nothing left to talk about.
So go ahead an extra step takes off a day without technology. Write your love letter and post it to your significant other; just be sure her mom doesn’t get ahold of it!
Many of us are a part of a group of friends like school friends, college friends, and friend groups in a particular club. But, we prefer to communicate with each other through video calls and phone calls.
Of course, this can be an issue due to the different locations that we live in, different work schedules, and school, or college schedules. But that should not stop us from going forward on a day without technology. Just use your phone for one purpose. Okay, two, actually!
Get in contact with your friends and set up a meeting place and time. Imagine how awesome it will be, just a group of old school or college buddies getting together at your cherished nostalgic location.
Talking to each other about their lives, lending an ear to listen to their problems and issues. It is so better to do this face to face rather than on the phone—the feeling matters.
A day without technology goes hand in hand with paying someone by cash. Why does it matter? Money is money, as it is more convenient to pay through various online modes than carrying bundles of cash.
But, there is always a risk of bank fraud, server error, or just a problem with your phone. Paying someone through cash again lands you to meet them face to face, which, as previously said, is a good habit unless you don’t like that person.
But hey, who knows, maybe that person you don’t like might soon be your good friend. Also, who doesn’t like the feeling of crisp cash on their fingers?
Make Some Coffee or Tea
No, do not use that coffee maker or that boiling pot you got from your mother/father. Make a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, following the good old ways.
Have a day without technology. The more effort you put it, the better it will taste and feel, believe it and give it a try.
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What is the normal routine of an epic night out with your friends at the club? Or a trip to your favorite destination? Or just a normal day at the beach? Yes, we take too many photos from different angles, without different expressions, with different people.
Yes, everyone likes pictures; everyone wants to have fun. But imagine how much time you can save by not taking pictures. Okay, okay, that might have sounded like a grumpy old man.
How about carrying an old-fashioned camera with you and taking a few pictures like the good old days, before camera phones? You won’t be able to see them immediately, because the film will need to be developed. So, you won’t be conscious of whether the pictures were good.
It saves you time and also gives you memories. And if you want to take a step ahead in your day without technology, don’t take any pictures; just cherish the memories in your mind and heart.
Go to the Cinema Hall/Theatre
Before the rapid technological advancement, before the introduction of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any other streaming app, there were cinema halls. Yes, there still are.
And many people still prefer to watch movies at a cinema hall on their release. But, the numbers have drastically decreased. So, take a day without technology, forget about your streaming app and go out. Watch a movie with your friends at the theatre.
Believe us. The feeling is better than sitting in the room alone and binge-watching a TV show or a movie. And even if it is not, just do it for the sake of change.
Pursuing a Hobby
The first thing you will notice when you cut your phone time or take a break, or have a day without technology is, that you’ll have free time on your hands.
Utilize it to pursue your hobby, which you desperately wanted to but couldn’t mind time for. Pick up that guitar, brush up on your skills, and tune it away.
Play Real Sport
With the invention of modern video gaming consoles like PlayStation, X-box, and Nintendo Wii, more and more people are getting into gaming. Gaming is an awesome thing. Professionals make huge money from gaming, which is also a stress relief.
But, kids today forget that there are things called outdoor sports like Football, Tennis, Basketball, and volleyball. Playing outdoors promotes your health, by a huge margin, unlike gaming the whole day in your room.
Research has shown that obsessive gaming can lead to a gaming disorder or addiction syndrome. It can severely impact cognizance, social skills, and mental health. So if you are at risk, seek help and go out and play more.
Read a Book, Not a PDF
While reading a pdf is not an issue, and some people prefer to read pdfs of books than paperback or hard copies themselves, continuously looking at the bright light of the screen can cause damage to your eyes.
Some people also prefer to listen to audiobooks, a quicker and more convenient way to finish a book. It is alright, everyone has different preferences, and it hits them right a different way.
But try reading a book… from an actual book for one day. Take a break, a day without technology. Reading an actual book makes you more invested in the book and gives you a different high altogether.
Just Be in the Moment
Nowadays, more and more people are using fitness belts, trackers, and mobile apps for counting the calories burnt. We focus more on losing our calories, breaking our last lap and speed record, and covering more distance than actually exercising.
Sure, the target-oriented structure of the apps can promote more progress and effort for some.
But, what happened to just running till you felt a burn in your thigh, felt the air going in and out of your lungs like you were a horse? What happened to the enjoyment one felt while running and playing instead of constantly fumbling on your phone to change a song or check your speed?
Go Out to Dine
No! Do not open that takeaway app! Do not order food online! Dress up, call a friend, and go out to your favorite place.
Enjoy the feeling of having dinner that is not lying on your plate in your bedroom. It does not have to be every day. Many people prefer to go out once a week to relax. But this is a day without technology we are talking about, so go out and enjoy the feeling of ambiance, comfort, and socializing.
Smoke (It’s Advisable, Don’t Do It!)
There are things called E-cigarettes and Vapes now. How far has technology come that we are smoking flavored tobacco from battery-operated tools? Put that vape down; a day without technology involves smoking a real cigarette.
Although we do not encourage you to indulge in smoking because smoking is bad for your health, if you are a smoker and do not mind smoking, take a toke from a real cigarette and not from a Vape pen.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
There was a time when school children used to worship an encyclopedia and a dictionary. It was the ultimate source of information for them. Now, Wikipedia and various online dictionaries have taken their place.
And they are pretty convenient; we’ll give them that. But, nothing beats the feeling of searching about the solar system or dinosaurs in that heavy encyclopedia of yours. The joy of seeing the pictures and reading the details carefully is just satisfying.
Go to the Market
Ask yourself again. When did you last go to a mall or a supermarket to buy your groceries, accessories, and household stuff?
Amazon and other shopping sites have taken over, and the trend has already shifted towards online shopping. But, going out once in a while and filling your grocery baskets with your favorite food won’t harm you. It gives you a chance to socialize too.
Be Present for Someone
One of the most underrated pieces of advice and one that will help us all if we go even a day without technology. We are present for the people we love—our family and friends.
We are not completely engrossed in our phones and social lives. We can ask them if they are okay and what is going on in their life.
We will be able to recognize something wrong in their life, and we will be able to assist them, and the same thing will happen to you.
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Do try to go even for a day without technology; you will feel refreshed, renewed, energized, and most of all, human. Do you have any points that can be added to this article? List below!