This week we’re going to try something a little different.

In place of the memory exercises, we’re going to do a little experiment out in the real world.  Your task, quite simply, is to temporarily “disappear”…to turn off your cell phone (could be for as little as your lunch break, or as much as a whole day) and report what happens.   Good luck!

56 responses to “Now You’re Here”

  1. Nancy Michelle says:

    Well one time I had to turn my phone off for a psych class for the whole weekend and it was kinda cool not using any technology, but when it came down to making plans or finding stuff for the weekend it made things a little more difficult. I found it hard to get in contact with people who weren’t in my immediate group of friends or it was hard making plans stick and it was definitely different trying to do things without my phone because I basically use it for everything, GPS, on the go internet and such but not having to text people all the time or be interrupted by a phone call was very calming.

  2. Fausto Gil-Corona says:

    I rarely use my phone, I work on weekends, I turned off my phone Friday night after I text goodnight to my loved ones and about two hours before I fell asleep, I slept very comfortable that night fresh air from my window moon light hitting a wall in my room, was just great. I woke in the morning feeling great, I had work at 9am, the only problem was I woke up at 12pm. I turned on my phone I had 33 calls and 47 text from my boss at work, this was not good at all, my phone has always been my alarm ever since I got it. When I don’t have my phone everything seems to go slightly wrong.

  3. Annelle Sobin says:

    As I turned off my phone, for the first time in months, I started to realize just how hard the next couple of hours would just be. From checking my email Drexel email to personal email, Facebooking to Twittering, or just having a phone with the ability to play a game or doodle. I decided I would disappear during the course of my first two classes on a Monday morning.

    Disappearing decided to take a huge toll on my daily routine. Instead of waking up to alarms set on my phone I was required to set the old fashion alarm clock I brought to just keep the time. My morning started with a wake up to a ringing alarm instead of the Marimba ringtone set on my phone. The absence of my phone also posed the problem of my personal clock, for it replaced my watch. For the time being I constantly would look around me to find clocks in order to find out what time it was. As the day went on the little details added up from the lack of my phone. While walking to class I did not have the leisure of having conversations through text messages to plan the day or having the ability to listen to my daily playlist.

    Through the time I did not have anyway of communication besides face-to-face, I started to pay attention to the smaller details of everything around me. I started to watch those around me and see how they interacted with one another. This allowed me to see a whole new world of types of interactions. We don’t need our technology to talk to each other or to consume our daily lives.

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