So, as the days have rolled by into weeks, I have been working diligently to get this project done. Last week, I went without any electronics. It was so much harder than I expected it to be, as I had essentially no contact with any of my friends outside of school. Within the first day, I had over two hundred unread messages, and I was dying to read them all. Monday went by well, as I kept myself busy and curbed all of my desires to check Snapchat and messages. Throughout the week, my desire to get on my phone increased, as I was afflicted with FOMO, the common cold of the teenage person. I was worried I was going to miss out on memories with my friends, hanging out, or just having a good time.
When I was disconnected, I felt like my head was clear, and I was able to accomplish projects that I had been picking away at slowly for weeks. I went to bed early, as I had nothing else to do, so I felt fantastic. I also felt like I was able to get all of my work done more quickly, and as a result, my stress levels dropped dramatically. I had a great experience without these electronics, but the one major downside for me was the fear of missing out with my friends. I was also bored, but that forced me to do other things to keep me entertained, such as reading multiple books.
Now, I’m working on getting my research paper and TED talk planned out for class. I have to get all of my research in order. I will keep updating as I come along, but so far, I am extremely pleased with how this is coming along.