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Techno-Free: Student Perspective 1

21/01/2011
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First in a series of Grade 7 student posts about their Technology Free Day (which raised funds for After the Wave).

For the technology-free day, I managed to refrain from using any technology (except for lights and AC, of course) for only 12 hours. At first, I thought that was pretty good (imagine not using computers or television from 7:15 in the morning till 7:15 at night) but when I got to school, I found out that quite a few people had made it at least 21 hours, with several going a full 24 hours without any technology. I’m a person that’s used to using the computer pretty much everyday, either that or the iPhone or texting with my friends. So it was pretty challenging for me to go for half a day without using any electronic devices.

It’s probably different for other people, but my biggest challenge for the technology-free day was boredom. I’m not that addicted to technology, even though I use the computer practically everyday, but after a while of sitting around reading the same book over and over again, you just feel like you want to pick something up, hurl it so it flies over the horizon, then run after it until you find it and hurl it back to where it came from. To put it simply, you just want to actually DO something other than sit around twiddling your thumbs. I guess that doing something means to do push-ups or start jogging around the track at school, but it basically means spending your time on something you actually like, such as going on the computer and logging into Facebook so you can chat with your friends or comment on stuff, or maybe open up Call of Duty or some other video game that occupies your time until your mom orders you out of your room for dinner.

When we had our Socratic Seminar in class today, we had to simply talk about our experience of the technology-free day. We also had a four-page article to read and highlight for homework, and we spent most of our class discussion talking about the students featured in the article who talk about what they do with their technology. Then we started a conversation about who students should blame for a decrease in their grades if they’re addicted to Facebook, video games, or something on the computer, whether they should blame technology, their parents, themselves, or the school for assigning homework that needed to be done on the computer. In the end, we concluded that our parents aren’t to blame for the use of technology disrupting our work, and neither is the school.Technology has a slight blame, as they have other things that distract you, but most of the blame lies on ourselves for not being able to multitask properly. If we can’t multitask well, then we just shouldn’t do it at all.

Amobovorn V.

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