Having gone two days without her cellphone — by choice — Jessica Campbell
was holding up pretty well.
She had discovered, among other things, that doing homework was much
easier when she wasn’t simultaneously texting and checking her Facebook.
One problem, though: She couldn’t be sure of what time it was. She’d counted
on her cellphone for that.
Two days into the fast at St. Michael’s, Lauren Mazzoleni, another of Swope’s
students, said she had become acutely aware of “how addicted” her fellow
students are. She noticed how they texted during in-person conversations she
was having with them.
“Maybe I did that too,” she admitted. “Unplugged, you can work without
To disconnect is like going to another culture, there is culture shock, but
sometimes the only way to get a fresh look at your own native (digital)
culture is by leaving your plugged in life and watching the ‘natives’ texting
away, as if you are watching them for the first time.”