posted on Feb, 19 2012 @ 10:55 PM
Today I completed my 25th day of my no distractions from technology challenge.
The reason why I took this was as an experiment, to see what would happen to me.
My thoughts for doing this were that cutting off most technology must be good for your goals since most technology is made to distract you. But using
it unnecessarily is such an encouraged habit in our society that we don't even think we're doing anything wrong.
Actually, tv, music, computer, and video games are very bad for your life and, dare I say, your ability to procreate. I think this is the reason why
immigrants usually exploit our economy so well and become wealthy, because they don't have the same habits as the average US population.
Here's what the challenge consisted of:
TV - no
Radio - No
video games - no
Internet - 30 mins a week, except for emails, work (my job doesn't really require it that much), and emergency once in a blue moon situations
(career research, weather, etc)
Music - 20 mins a day max
Video / audio - 30 mins a day, cummulative (If I dont use it one day I can do 1 hr the next) This is only instructional videos that I actually need,
such as spiritual related, guided meditation, self actualization, etc
Cellphone - Only as necessary, not for distractions, no internet.
Movies - No movies except at movie theaters if invited
Unintended exposure is ok. meaning if someone at my place is watching tv or listening to music, its ok. I can also watch a game if my friends are
watching (dont wanna be a party pooper), or at the sports bar, and I can go to clubs with music, as long as my intention is to be in a social
Was this like jail? No, because hits much harder when its at your disposal.
I wanted to see how long I could do this for.
Well today I gave in. Broke the rules by watching tv and listening to music. I couldnt take it. The thing is that i was a little sexually stressed.
Plus some issues with work. Yesterday and today my thoughts were racing and I had to slow down somehow.
I do have some insights:
The first 2 days I was having a mix of emotions ranging from fear to happy. Frankly, when i had nothing to do I felt defenseless and lost. My state of
boredom eventually motivated my self amusement.
I became more focused on people. Interactions with others became more engaging. I was so focused some times that I could foresee the next thing the
other person was gonna say and knew the best way to respond, without really thinking of a response.
From the things they like to talk about and from their worries, you begin to see the extent to which the media filters into people's lives .
The most valuable lessons that I learned:
I think you learn a lot about yourself by having alone times doing nothing. But its hard, and you'll realize that the less you love yourself, the
harder it is. You also realize that the more time you spend with out distractions when you're alone, the more you start accepting being with
yourself, and this is the definition of self-love. Some people are always taking advantage of all the distractions brought by technology, thse people
dont accept themselves.
I've learned to accept myself. The liberation that this brings and the progress to my life this brings is too much to give it up to wasting hours in
front of tv radio and computer.
Being aware and conscious is being in control and aware of everything you do, and this includes being in control of your thoughts. You're only
conscious when you're in control of thoughts. If your thoughts take control of you, you lose, and if you try to drown them with tv, video games,
music, or alcohol, drugs, or porn, you lose control of your own life. You fall into the state of semi-consciousnes so prevalent nowadays. As pick-up
artist Tyler Durden well puts it, "Most people walk thru the world in a walking daze". Today I lost, but its like a blessing in disguise because its
helped me see the benefts this expierence brought me.
Having control of your bad habits is essential to confidence and self actualization.
Sadly, I no longer see any use for this forum which has helped me and others a lot. I don't intent to log in any more but maybe i will in my moments
of non-acceptance of myself, moments which distractions will actually only end up increasing.
My advice, use technology only when necessary.