Opening Scene: Woman enters. Pours a glass of wine, plops down on the sofa, puts her feet on the coffee table, turns on the television and finds Bravo. Man enters. Woman acknowledges him briefly. Man responds, opens a beer, plops down on the love seat, opens the computer, and reads sports blogs. No one moves or talks for three hours. End scene.
So you're thinking, pretty boring movie, right? Really, pretty boring life, because this is exactly the situation Trey and I found ourselves in last Wednesday. After three hours of mindlessly letting technology control our evening, we looked at each other and said, "This is ridiculous. Something has to change."
So Trey shut his computer, I paused the t.v.(what? it was a good show!) and we talked. We decided that our dependence of technology had gotten out of hand. But how do we break this addiction? Ban sports blogs? That's a great idea! That could make everything better. I wouldn't have to compete with the computer. Yes, Meade, novel idea. Bravo. Bravo! The second Bravo was too much. Trey and I looked at each other and I followed his eyes straight to the The Real Housewives of America (it doesn't really matter what city they are in anymore, I still watch it). It only reminded Trey that he is not the only one with a problem. I knew where this was going...Cancel Direct t.v.? Whoa, whoa, whoa, let's really think about this before we do anything drastic!
Solution: Trey and I have decided to implement No Technology Thursday every week.
1) No television
2) No computer
3) You cannot initiate a phone conversation. (ie-someone texts you first, you can write back)
4) No electric wine bottle opener (ok, this one is silly, but Trey loves making rules).
We started last week and all was well. It was so nice to have an adult conversation and really not be distracted. It's also easy to commit to on Thursday because none of our favorite shows are on! We forget how much technology rules our lives until we really isolate ourselves from it.
So here is my challenge to you readers. Every Thursday night, put down the phone, turn off the t.v., close the computer, and talk. I promise that you won't be thinking about how much you miss it all. You might even find yourself saying, "Wow, this is nice."