Feb 2014
Josie Bungert

What the analog cell phone, newspapers and a 1980s box television have taught me (pt. 2)

Josie continues to explore what growing up without the latest technology has taught her.

Read the first part, published yesterday, here!

3.)   Not being too attached to technology – When I am at my house, I try not to be on my cell phone all the time, and that’s because it just isn’t the way my family is. I am the only one out of six that has a smart phone, so staying off the technology for other members of my family is a little easier than it is for me, but I try to put it away. When we sit on the couch in the family room and talk, that’s all we are doing, sitting and talking. No technology distracts them, so I try not to let it distract me. It’s hard, but worth it, as I learn to live in the moment because of them.

4.)   Nothing beats in person interaction – All of these things really do just come down to living in the present, and just enjoying each other’s company. Looking at tablets, phones and laptops, there are a ton of ways to not interact in person, and my family has continuously and endlessly emphasized making this a priority.

5.)   Being frugal can be a very good thing – When I was young, I would get annoyed with the fact that I didn’t have the social media that others did, or that I didn’t have the latest and greatest technology. However, looking back, because of this, I was taught to be pretty frugal at a young age. I learned how to save money and how to focus on what’s important. As much as I wanted the newest cell phone or tablet, I knew that if I really wanted it, I would have to save up for it. I learned this young and now it is engrained in me. I think because of this I have made more responsible monetary decisions.

So, as much as sometimes I complain and feel behind in the world, there are true positives to not focusing all of my time and energy on technology. I find myself thankful for my family and the fact that they force me to slow down and appreciate all that is around me.