To be honest, this is probably one of the first times I had ever really sat down and thought about my communication tendencies with others. So this was a nice experience for me. When I am not in my room or in class my day is usually a collection of passing hellos. I am always on the move going somewhere to do something and so stopping for a face-to-face conversation is not always an option. I am very time oriented and walk fast when I feel I may be late somewhere which takes away from my ability to communicate with others. My body language is normal and my clothes are nothing to talk about. I do not believe in dressing nice to class and do not make statements with any designer clothes.
Communication involving technology is virtually not existent. I have a Facebook that I do not check or update and do not have any other social networks. I always have my phone on me but I do not call many people and only text when I have to. I have realized a funny passing question between me and other guys. A lot of times when I pass a guy I am friends with they will ask, “Hey man, what’s up?” and I will respond with the exact same phrase. Surprisingly, neither of us will answer the question nor do either of us have any intention of answering.
So, I spent my one-hour of no technology between 3:15 and 4:15 on Tuesday September 24, 2013. My every first feeling was a sort of numbness and confusion. I could not check my phone for sports news. Plus, I couldn’t watch TV so my free time had to be spent in a different way. In order to accomplish such a goal I had to leave my room. I decided to take a walk around campus with a book in hand. I immediately noticed a want to stop and talk with friends. I decided to actually answer the consistent question, “Hey, what’s up man?” I also took a closer look at my surroundings. Every tree, every shade, I was more aware of it all. The most fun was people watching in the quad. Grabbing some shade and just watching the world. The biggest problem was that since I did not have my phone I had no idea what time it was so my hour lasted longer than it was suppose to.When I returned to “civilization”, I jumped back on my couch, turned on the TV, and got updated with all that happened in the sports world. Though my take towards face-to-face communication definitely changed. I actually intend on leaving earlier to class or practice so I have the ability to stop and talk with friends. On this small campus, the opportunity comes up often. I did not change drastically but this little experiment had an impact for only participating in it for an hour.