Marissa Mahood, Sports and Reports Editor

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Teens ages 15-18 spend about 7 and a half hours a day in front of a screen using entertainment media, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on my observations over the past few years, there is no doubt in my mind that this is true. I have began to notice that technology overuse is a growing problem with our generation, and because of this, I decided to try to go without my phone, tv, and computer for a whole day.

I consider myself to be someone who uses their phone minimally throughout the day, so I figured that this would be an easy task for me.

Surprisingly, small routines were already changing before I even got out of bed. Since I normally use my phone as an alarm clock,  my grandfather had to wake me up at 6 to ensure I would be up and ready for school on time. However, this change was subtle and it didn’t really phase me at all.

Throughout much of the school day, it was easy to go without my phone because I was with my friends and didn’t need the extra entertainment.

Once I got home, it became increasingly harder and I immediately regretted doing this challenge. When I was done with my homework, I wanted to read and listen to music but that wasn’t an option. I wanted to spend time with my family but I couldn’t do that because they were watching tv.
This experiment really opened my eyes because, before doing this experiment, I never realized how much technology I used in a day. Once I got past the things I couldn’t do, I started to focus on the things I could.

I started reading books that I had never got the chance to, I took a walk, and I took a relaxing bath. The further into this challenge I got, the easier it got and I realized how much I enjoyed the activities I did without technology.

Looking back, I’m glad I did this challenge. It made me realize that I don’t need to use technology as much as I do because there are plenty of other more productive options out there for me to enjoy.