The day before my No Media Diet, I prepped myself for what felt like was a life altering decision. I removed all my apps from my phone and turned it off before bed. I told my family whom I live with about the assignment I was doing and they laughingly vowed to keep from distracting me. I grabbed batteries for a clock that sat on the wall but hadn’t worked in years so that I wouldn’t rely on my phone for time.
I woke up in the morning at 4:30 am because my phone alarm went off, even though I had powered it down. I went back to sleep and woke up around 7am. It really sucked because I couldn’t partake in my daily morning rituals. I sat in bed wondering what I could do to past time. I compare the urges I had to grab my phone, check my social media, turn on the television, and listen to music to that of a drug addiction. The only idea I could come up with to past time was the basketball court and the gym and I knew once everyone in the house started to partake in their morning rituals I would need an escape. I laid in bed as long as I could thinking about school, my future, goals I had set for myself, and many other things.
My morning walking around the house had basically been made up of trying my best to avoid my “addictions”. Around 10:30 am my mother started moving around. I reminded her of the No Media Diet I was on and she laughed as I explained to her how much of a struggle it was.
I found a lot of relief from my addiction by sitting on the front porch and watching people play, walk, argue on the phone, ride by blasting their music, or check the mail. It was more rewarding then I could have ever imagined it to be. I observed so many small things that I had never noticed before. I really wanted to grab a book but I convinced myself that I had come too far to mess up now.
(Random Thought) “I couldn’t imagine doing The No Media Diet on a school or work day”.
It is amazing how much you can learn about the same people I see every day as they are going and coming home. Something I noticed while sitting outside was almost everyone looked unhappy or rushed. They just moved like ants to and from their destinations. The teenage kids seemed so obsessed with their phones, head phones, and the way they were dressed. The teens were oblivious to the outside world as they walked by with their mind planted into their phones. The young children seemed the happiest as they ran around making up games and living life on their terms.
(Random Thought) “I wonder how their life will be changed once they get their first phone and start going to school”.
I went in the house and got dressed for the gym. When I jumped in the car I instinctively turned the radio on and then immediately turned it off. It was so foreign driving around without music. All I could do is let the windows down and enjoy the breeze.
I played basketball at the local rec center for about 2 hours. I admit I had unintentionally cheated because I glanced up at the digital clock on the wall. I didn’t realize it until I got in the car and thought about it on my way to campus. On campus I checked out a bike and rode around, I went to the gym and did some cardio and lifted some weights with the dumbbells. I realize by going to the gym I kind of cheated since they were playing the radio over the intercom but I did my best to tune it out. I felt like not being home was my best chance at completing the assignment and I had run out of options of places to go.
When I returned home it was 5:37. I was so hungry and tired. I fixed dinner which was lasagna my mother made while I was out. I had the worst urge ever to turn on the television while I ate my meal in the front room. However, I will note that not having media while eating made me focus on my plate and I ate way less then I would normally have.
I jumped in the shower after eating and glanced at the clock before I laid down. It was 6:12 when I went to bed. I usually have problems going to sleep but I was OUT fairly quickly.
Overall, this No Media Diet has been rewarding. It exposed me to some socially accepted addictions. I always complain about not having enough time but I realized I have more than enough time to get my work done. I had accomplished more today than I had done in the previous two days combined.