No Cellphone For 24 Hrs !
Two MIT graduate schools organized a 24 mandatory cell-phone free ‘experiment’ for a course. The students’ assessments from the project are mind blowing and depicts how technology has impacted us at an emotional level.
Many students noted that the unplugged day seemed longer than a typical day.
“I was feeling uncomfortable, with no possibility to hide behind the phone screen.”
For other students, having more time in the day was viewed as a negative, leaving them with gaps some admitted they didn’t know how to fill. “[Without the smartphone] my breakfast was too short and I did not know what to do next,” one student noted.
“I was not capable of doing nothing. I was thinking about my phone all the time.”
The strongest and consistent emotion was ‘anxiety’.