I had never thought this day would come: the day where I would give up my phone for 24 hours. One girl, against the world, without her phone. I knew this would be one heck of an adventure, and last Thursday, I proved to myself and my family that I didn’t need to have my phone as much as I thought.
My experience of this little exercise isn't the most exciting because a phone is just a thing. At this point in my life, I have lived a long time without a phone and just recently I finally picked it up again because of social media (I had one but then I didn't use it for a few years). Personally, this Young Writers Project prompt didn't really change my normal day life because I don't normally use my phone too much.
This summer I went without my phone for 24 hours. Not because I wanted to but because I had to. I was having a pool party at my grams with some of my friends, I was standing on the side of the pool with one of my friends when my grandfather thought it would be a perfect idea to push us both in with our phones in our back pocket. Yes, this means we didn’t even have bathing suits on. So just imagine trying to get out of wet skinny jeans too. We got out of the pool as fast as we could.
I myself have gone 24 hours without a phone. It was pretty easy, sure I missed all of my friends and the ability to watch Netflix. But I was in Maine, with my family on a river. It was a big river and we’d swim in it and canoe up river. I didn’t need to be on my phone, I used my camera to take some pictures. I usually need my phone for something to do at night but I didn’t, by the end of the night I was exhausted. I saw all my distant family like my second and third cousins.
For this YWP challenge, I was tasked with what some people might find daunting. Some of my friends would freak out if they weren’t able to check or use their phone for 24 hours. I believe that there are many more things in the world than just a phone. Here is my 24-hour experience without a phone.
You know, I saw this prompt while speaking on the phone To a friend. And while I so very much agree That life away from the screen is, well, critical for us I considered, briefly, what I would have missed that day Without my phone.
At 6:41 P.M. yesterday, I told my mom to hide my phone from me for 24 hours. Just now I got it back.
Going without a phone for that long felt weird and was really difficult. I woke up in the morning and saw that my school iPad was fully charged and ready for a day of learning. Normally, I have to decide if I want to plug in my phone or iPad, but I didn’t have to worry about it that night.