Non-Guilty Pleasures
Can you go 24 hours without media?

This week I took on one of the most challenging tasks of my life: going a full 24 hours without media of any kind. Only 24 hours one might say. Only one day. However, the feat is much more daunting without a digital clock on your phone, laptop, or tablet to tell you how much time you have left.

I was going to start at midnight on Friday evening. However, I realized that if I did that, I would just go to bed once my 24 hours were up. So, I decided to start at 9:30 on Saturday morning so that I could reward myself with media once I woke up Sunday morning. This also meant that Saturday, September 13th was one of the longest days of my life.

I spent the majority of the day at Canobie Lake Park with my dad and brother for my father’s company’s family day. Going on rides, playing games, and eating free food may seem ideal for completing my challenge. Unfortunately, the trick was the time I spent before, after, and in between the amusement park rides. For example, on the drive up to New Hampshire, I could not listen to the radio. No news and no music. A silent car ride was awkward and boring. I was forced into long periods of silence, quick conversations, and then more silence. 

During my stay at the park, I was occupied for the majority of the time. There was no problem until we got stuck in line. Everyone who was standing around for that long period of time, like me got bored; but unlike me, was able to take out there phone and occupy themselves. I found myself yearning for a distraction. I craved an escape from the event-less here and now. The rest if the afternoon and evening consisted of this feeling. No social media, no TV, no laptop, no magazines, and even no books left me lonely, unconnected and bored out of my mind.

At this point I began to feel frustrated. I could not instantly gratify my curiosity. This had never happened before. If I had a question, I would simply google it. At dinner, I was trying to remember a particular episode name from the TV show, Lost. It was just not coming to me. Normally I would text my cousin, a Lost fanatic, or look it up on my phone. Hitting my head against the wall, I was going crazy. Not simply because I could not think of the episode name, but because I was not satisfied and would not be for another 12 hours. This is how spoiled we are in a media-ready society.

Later, I returned to my mother’s house. She was not home. My dog entertained me for about four minutes. Bella is cute, but she was no replacement for my television, or Tumblr. I decided to do some baking. I made my mother’s delicious and fiber-filled cookies, called Mrs. Field’s cookies. Although a little crumbly, they are still tasty! When was the last time I did some baking? Not since the last cookie-making holiday. 

Throughout the absence of noise, I was forced to focus on my own thoughts. Without distractions, I was able to reflect on myself. I had some of the longest conversations with my family that I’ve had in a long time. My headphones are constantly filling my head with catchy tunes that motivate my walking and make mundane tasks exciting. Without my music, I had to sing myself to create artificial background sound to stop the ringing in my ears. 

This assignment showed my how much I rely on media. Not just for entertainment, but for information, connection, and satisfaction. Perhaps it’s a little unhealthy but that’s the world we live in. We can’t regress. After being subconsciously conditioned to need stimulation from different types of media, it’s almost like a drug that’s physically necessary for survival. As I learned the hard way, withdrawal is extremely difficult to bear. Sunday morning I awoke after having gone to bed early, for there was nothing else to do. Immediately, I plugged in and tuned out. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer – “The Mockingjay Lives”

I will always love you.
"Are you really suggesting we break into the U.N?" "I’ve got an idea. But we’re gonna need a smoke screen & a big ass truck."
-Person of Interest meets Chicago Fire 
why do they have the same timeslot?! thanks, NBC & CBS…

"Are you really suggesting we break into the U.N?" "I’ve got an idea. But we’re gonna need a smoke screen & a big ass truck."

-Person of Interest meets Chicago Fire

why do they have the same timeslot?! thanks, NBC & CBS…

You’re still the same spineless bitch you were a few days ago.

24 hours is up! Hello Tumblr. How I missed you! Longest day of my life. 

You’re the best partner I’ve ever had. Never forget it. You won’t let me. I won’t.

Challenge accepted! 24 hours without media starts in a few minutes…wish me luck. #mk120

What happened in Salem the week of Sept. 8-12 2014

Highlights

-Stefano’s return delayed

-Kristen gives John’s drug

-Chad returns, punches bro

God’s not dead.

"So, a team of wild horses, dessert cream, mashed potatoes, EJ DiMera…
I’m making a list of things that are whipped.”

"So, a team of wild horses, dessert cream, mashed potatoes, EJ DiMera…

I’m making a list of things that are whipped.