|Marotta is "on the grid"|
It was . . . different.
Driving was super quiet. I would like to tell you I was a less distracted driver but I rediscovered old past times for my commute. Looking out of the windows.Watching other drivers. Listening to the radio. Did you hear that NPR aired a special on the Screen Free Week with the author of Doug Unplugged? It was awesome.
Home was equally quiet. I found myself particularly productive. I cleaned, weeded, exercised, read (a book with pages!), and stayed up late. When the "land line" phone rang I didn't recognize the sound. I was thrilled to hear my college kiddo's voice! She called the home number after trying my cell, and waiting for the text back that never came.
"Who wrote the Max and Ruby series?"
"Where is the restaurant?"
"How many WW points is . . . ?"
"Would you order me tickets for the Listen to Your Mother show?
Family members and friends were stressed by my seven day experiment. I was like a three year old with all of my questions. They even nicknamed me "bossy pants" for delegating all google searches their way. Hey--I said thank you!
I stocked the waiting room with games, new toys, and information about SFW. Many clients participated willingly, some not so much. I saw families playing cards, reading, and talking more. It was like time travel.
Here are my personal conclusions from my venture out of the informational age:
- Talking was more meaningful and memorable than texting.
- Boredom didn't kill me.
- Boundaries for screens made me more focused.
- Time out from technology meant more movement (one day I logged 16,000 steps!)
I'm officially back on the grid, but making some changes.
What did you learn from SFW 2013?