Exiled from Life


The Offline blog chronicles the experiences of everyday folks who voluntarily unplug. Guest bloggers shut off their cellphone and log off the internet for 24 hours, then write a 500-word essay about the experience. Click here for guidelines or to submit your essay.



When I made the decision to unplug from the world of technology for 24 hours, I remember thinking that this experiment would be a snap. Not only did I plan to turn my phone off, but I would also shut down my computer, refuse to turn on the television and even avoid the microwave.  Let me tell you, unplugging was harder than I could have ever imagined. I believe I actually went through withdrawals of some sort.

I woke up that morning to the sound of rain clanging on my metal shed. I immediately reached for my phone to check the weather and see if I had any messages. Then I remembered it was my day of exile from the world, so I decided to make some breakfast. Oatmeal sounded good on this gloomy morning. I got down my bowl, measured out the right amount of oatmeal to water, stirred it and walked over to the microwave to zap it. I chuckled when I opened the microwave door, then turned around and proceeded to cook the oatmeal on the stove. When my oatmeal was finished, I automatically walked over to grab the remote so that I could watch television while I was eating. Again, I chuckled and thought, This is going to be a challenge. I took advantage of the moment and studied while I ate.

I enjoy playing games on my phone and literally thought I might scream at one point because I wasn’t getting my fix of Candy Crush, Words with Friends and Facebook. It’s almost sickening how dependent I’ve become on technology to pass my time. When going to the store, I kept reaching in my pocket for my phone, but it wasn’t there. The entire day I felt lost and out of place. Finally, it was time to retire for the evening.  I went ot bed feeling somewhat relieved because I wanted this day behind me.  The next morning I woke up, reached for my phone, exhaled and thought, Wow, what a nightmare! Or was it?

Sandy Blanford lives in Hillview, Kentucky, and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in social work at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

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