Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Power Down Day

I went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this year for spring break with twelve of my friends.  The weather was not as warm as I would have liked it to be but considering the fact that it was snowing in Ohio while we were there it was great!  While we were there technology was omitted for pretty much the entire week.  My cell phone remained upstairs on the dresser while we were out having fun.  We went shopping, out to eat, putt-putt golfing, strolled the boardwalk, and laid out on the beach.  We played tons of card and board games and just hung out at the apartment we were staying at.  It was fairly easy to have my power down day while I was on vacation.  I did not even bring my computer with me to check Facebook or my email.  However, I did find myself wanting to get on Facebook just to be updated on what everyone else was doing on spring break.  There was a television in the apartment but we only used it to watch a couple of movies throughout the week on the rainy days.  Ipods were the source of technology that we used the most while on spring break.  There was often music playing in the background and I took my ipod to the beach with me some days to listen to music while I laid out.  Using the ipods was something that could have easily been left out though.  The power down day would have been much harder to complete if I was at Mount Union.  However, because I was on spring break with a lot of my friends, omitting all sources of technology was fairly easy.  I found the experience to be very relaxing and I would like to try it again while at school to compare the two experiences.  I would challenge everyone to try going a day without using technology.  I think it is something that many people would struggle with and it would help people realize just how much they rely on technology today. 

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