Part I: Select your fast time.
From 7am on April 2nd to 7am on April 3rd.
Part II: Fast.
I gave up my laptop, mp3 player and cell phone.
Part III: Reflect
I know many smart phone users and facebook users constantly log in to their facebook and leave messages or check their email accounts. Fortunately, I am neither a user of a smart phone and nor a user of facebook or twitter that stimulate people to use the internet or the computer frequently. Without new media technology for twenty four hours was not tough on me. Except I could not check my email account and watch the movie, there was not much I had to give up. Sometimes I listen to music instead of watching a movie for relax, but it was okay staying away from visual and auditory entertainments.
Instead of having fun with new media technology, I read Harry Potter that I bought last winter and cleaned my apartment. Since there was nothing fun I can spend my hours for, I went for a walk since the weather was no nice. I noticed my media consumption habit is not that severe than other students who use smart phones or facebook. I did not have any discomfort with not using new media technology. Especially, my mp3 player was the easiest to forsake, because I do not use it or bring it with me most times. The most difficult one to forsake was the laptop. Although I felt okay with not using it, but wanted to use the internet and do internet surfing when I got bored from reading Harry Potter. During twenty four hours without new media technology, I was not uncomfortable or felt nervous and even glad that I could finish small duties like washing dishes or swiping the floor that I usually put it aside because of spending time on the laptop and watching movies. This assignment made me feel I adopted resistance what Amish people do; like Amish people choose certain technologies they will use and ban using others, I chose not to use my laptop, mp3 player and cell phone. This assignment also reminded me my media consumption is pretty much low and proves my life is not much controlled by technology. According to Slack, ‘the problem concerning technology is the fear that technology controls us’ (p.67). After twenty four hours without three technologies, I felt confident that I do not have a problem resulted from using technology unlike most people.