Digital Detox

 Perhaps I have broken the bonds of a digital prison I was in…yet, I cannot wait to pick my phone up in a week’s time, refasten the chains and bar myself from the rest of society.

In our world of technological advancement and digital devices, the thought of being without one’s phone or Internet connection for days, weeks, months…is a daunting prospect with daunting implications. You can’t check that phone buzz, good heavens, you don’t even know if your phone buzzed. Maybe you thought it up…or did that flash alert you to a vital message? When it’s over, you’ll have lost those streaks, over a hundred notifications on the right corner of that app and a newly earned label of a ‘ghoster’…But what would you have gained?

That is the digital detox I am experiencing (contrary to my use of digital media to send this out to the world). I’ve endured (as emotive a term as some might use) or rather experienced, a full three days with limited technology use. What have I learnt? Missed? Wanted? Realized?

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Just a common view on any street of any neighborhood in our technologically troubling society

I’m not missing all that much, I realize. I’ve learnt that technology holds an obsessive nature that can grip or latch its cruel claws onto any innocent user. It’s a grip I broke…but not quite. There are claw marks indented into my wrist and I want my phone back. Now! That glinting black screen beckons. But I can’t flicker it to life and see what it holds for me. What have I wanted from this experience? A grasp on reality perhaps, but as that part of my reality in the 21st century, is slipping, its’ a tad harder to hold on. I realize I need…or perhaps really want, to check that message, respond to that text, laugh out loud at that picture. But I’ve also come to the conclusion that without that reflecting thing before my face, I’ve experienced more old school hobbies; board games, drawing, reading…and probably caught up a bit on the casual school holiday study. Which is a positive turn of events…or at least my educators would argue.

I shall return back into the mass of digital faces but as I type this, I try to recall who is online. Friends. Family. But also a myriad of strangers who I don’t know or care for. Who want to hurt or help me… I see babies still in their nappies and strollers watching videos from their mothers’ iPhone’s, teenagers absorbed, glaring at the floor…or the phone that is positioned there, grandparents squinting at a laptop, adults swishing and tapping their phones at the checkouts. Perhaps I have broken the bonds of a digital prison I was in…yet, I cannot wait to pick my phone up in a week’s time, refasten the chains and bar myself from the rest of society. For a chance to interact with it online. …But is it really interaction? I’ll have to Google that in a week.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi AppleBelle, I am a big fan of your blog, however, I feel as if this article is irrelevent in terms of your context of your blog. Your previous articles have highlighted your dependence on social media, thus, this article is misleading. No offence, people who write these blogs, are mostly two-faced and present opinions that are not entirely their own in order to boost their ego and make themselves look better. Anyone writing these styles of blogs clearly doesn’t have a high social media or internet presence so your opinion is invalid to a degree. When making judgements and opinions based on things you are not familiar with, it can be quite easy to misjudge the situation. Judging people based on their use of social media says more about you than them. Although you claim to be passionate in english, literature and philosophy, your writing is atrocious as you begin sentences with ‘but’ and overusing ‘shall’. Your puns are extremely unfunny, by the way. I apologise for the constructive criticism but I feel as if you continue to be the admin of a blog, you need to increase your understanding of society before judging it entirely.

    Kind regards,
    Danielle

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  2. Hi Danielle,

    Thank you for your constructive criticism! I always appreciate it when I can get some honest feedback about my writings and it’s great to hear from a fan of my blog. I understand how you could view my opinions as invalid in this article and that is fine; I do agree I am somewhat inexperienced regarding societal matters and social media (I don’t disclose my age, but I am relatively young). I admit I have a rather awkward and odd sense of humour… thank you for your honesty with the puns…I don’t often get people’s responses to them, it’s simply apart of my odd writing style.

    I try to be objective when writing social critiques and hence why this post is under ‘commentary’; it’s just my own personal comments and opinions:) Conversely, I understand no offence is to be taken, but I did not write this post to boost my ego nor to make myself look better. As you notice, my blog is anonymously written and so I do not see how it could serve as having any personal gain to me or my ego/confidence. It was quite a controversial topic I undertook and I was detailing my personal experience/revelations regarding my own personal attachment to technology; as well as that I have seen in others.

    Further, I noticed I have overused ‘shall’ and ‘but’ also, however, I use ‘but’ under the technique called enjambment which is used to create suspense, impact and attention in an audience. As for shall, I suppose my phrasing can be quite archaic at times.

    Thank you again for your feedback; it’s great to know that we don’t live in a world of shared opinions but a bit of diversity and differing ideas.

    Sincerely,
    AppleBelle

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