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Scoping It Out: Turn it Off

taylor rileyOWENSBORO, Ky. (12/12/13) - My best friend called me a couple days ago and as I picked up my phone, she was hysterically crying into the speaker. Naturally, I thought something horrible had happened. I tried to get it out of her in between breaths of hysteric…”I broke…my…phone,” she finally said. “Wait, what?” I was confused. She was: A)Talking to me on her phone, and B) Why was she this upset over an electronic device?

It turned out that she had, in-fact, dropped her phone and the screen jumped ahead a step and didn’t crack down the middle, like almost three of my previ-ous Smartphones, it was completely black. She was calling me from the inside her car, where it could dial calls from Bluetooth. She honestly had no idea what she was going to do without her phone for the next few hours, but knew if she had to, she would sit in her car--after all, it was equipped with heated seats.

A couple hours later, she called me and apologized for her rant. She knew that it was ridiculous to be so upset about a trivial, materialistic item. She called and told me this, after her dad bought her an upgraded phone.

You may feel like you can’t live without your iPhone, iPad, or Macbook, but it turns out you can live without these things. It’s probably because at one time, you didn’t have these things. What did you do when you didn’t have a front-view camera to take a selfie? You turned your phone around and hoped for the best. It may seem like an inconvenience, but at one time, everyone lived without access to text messaging, let alone a phone in general 24/7.

And what about that Canadian family that recently made news after they started living like they were in the 1980s? They deleted Facebook, threw away their cells, and even took a vacation using road maps. Road maps! I’m going to be honest and say that I’m not sure if I even know how to read a map. I’m not even sure my GPS knows how to read a map half the time.

In this new year, I’ve vowed to turn off all my electronic devices for at least an hour a day. This means no updating Facebook or Twitter, not respond-ing to my text messages, and no checking emails. It’s just an hour. An hour that I can spend doing something more productive like reading a book, not on my Kindle, or hanging out with actual human beings. Could you do it? Let me know your opinions. Email me: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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