Posted by Charity on May 14th, 2009

This is a little old, but I thought it was interesting.  A teacher challenged her homeroom students to spend a week without their electronic devices and journal about it with good old fashioned pen and paper.

It’s amazing how accustomed to the constant stream of electronic media kids are these days.

“I can’t stand it,” he wrote in his journal on the second day of a one-week attempt to survive without television, iPods, cellphones, BlackBerrys and computers. “I woke up last night but I was still kind of asleep and I was having a dream about my phone and I started to bang my head against the pillow. I AM GOING CRAZY!!!”

They survived and even discovered that there is more to life than electronics, such as reading, family, and even birds.

Without her headphones blocking out the real world, Flor Salvador heard strange chirping sounds.

“I didn’t know we had birds!” she wrote in her journal.

3 Responses to “Unplugging the Wired Generation”

  1. I heartily approve.

  2. Well now…I’ll bet Homeland will be looking at this teacher. Imagine, pulling kids OFF-line!? Not listening to ADS! No e-bay!!! What were they writing about? Seize those papers! ORANGE ALERT!

  3. Dear Charity,

    If you don’t mind, I would like to recommend to your readers a fantastic book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, by Maggie Jackson. A must read, really.