Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The 48 hour challenge.

One of my teachers challenged us to not use our cell phones for 48 hours. He talked about how times have changed and improvements in technology have basically enslaved most of us.

It just so happened that morning before I went to school I called the MooMoo who had called me 16 times during the night. She'd left 3 voice messages and 1 text urging me to call her immediately because it was important, very important. When I called her back, praying that no one in my family had passed away, she began scolding me for her loss of sleep. She claimed that I had her "sick" because I didn't answer the phone (in my sleep). I then found out that she had called my apartment complex to have them check for my car in the parking garage and to knock on my door. Luckily she only got the answering service because she called before the office had opened. Now mind you, I have a home phone that didn't ring ONCE.

Now there's a "call me everyday" mandate. How...fun.

The newly issued mandate, takes me out of the challenge but otherwise I think I could go 48 hours without using my cell phone. Internet, though, would be a different story. But aside from the occasional call from Kuh Reel Yuh, my friend Jade, and the MooMoo, no one calls me. It's really a sad situation. What's extra upsetting is that I am now used to it.

It was issued to me, so now I issue this challenge to you. Could you do it? Turn your phone off for 48 hours and not use it for anything? Or have you become addicted to technology?

8 comments:

A.E.Joseph said...

Girl... I can absolutely do it. I hate phones. I'm quick to email, text... batman signal. but phone convo's are soooo boring to me. unless its really something important.

Cokoa Chanel said...

I resent the comment that no one calls you but Jade, MooMoo and the other friend. I call & leave messages, but uhhhhhhhh I never get a call back. And ummmmm why don't I have your home number? WOW!!...I can really tell I am one of your top friends. Geezzz...

kuh reel yuh said...

Maybe I could. I dunno.

But either way, girl you betta answer your phone. We got work to do! lolol

Tracie said...

@ a.e. - Uhmmmm, don't you use your phone to text?? mmmmm hmmmmm, addict!

@Cokoa - I did text you back!!! John was sick remember?!?!? Don't be all tryna make me seem like a baddie! And nobody has my home number. It's basically just to let people in my gate, but you can have it if you want.

@Kuh Reel Yuh - I know riiieeeeght.

Dee said...

I can go three days and not receive one phone call... The thing is, I just recently became an internet junkie. Still, I would probably just read if I had to give up technology for 48 hours.

Eb the Celeb said...

I could do it... actually the beginning of dec. i lost my phone and while waiting for my new one to come in the mail i was in heaven. I felt light without having it that when it arrived I probably took 24 hours before I activated it. i think everyone should cut there phone off for a couple days like every 3 months... it makes you put things into perspective. and I dont have a house phone so no one could get in touch with me... via phone anyone... i too dont think i vould go without the internet

wackywebwritings said...

Ummm... I can't do it and for the same reason. My mom calls me EVERY day. In fact when she misses a day, I actually worry. Come to think of it, did I get a call today?

This Girl said...

I can do it and I do do it. I got rid of my cell phone months ago and before that it was hardly used, rarely charged and mostly lost under the seat of my car. I think it's my inner control freak the idea that people can reach me whenever they want is unnerving and a little annoying. They not only can reach you whenever they want but it turns into a feeling that they are entitled to reach you whenever they want, i.e. - "Why didn't you answer your cell?" Plus, cell phones make it extremely difficult to become a hermit, hide or hibernate.