Giving up Technology for one Week


As you read this I am sitting on a beach, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for one week of fun in the sun. Mrs PR and I like to get away a few times during the winter to sit on a beach or at a swimming pool. I will give a full update and cost breakdown next week.

Las Vegas

November we went to Las Vegas and to stay current and plugged in I decided to bring my iPhone. Unfortunately with an old iPhone it has to be plugged in every night and I forgot my charger. After the initial panic I shut my phone off and enjoyed the rest of my holiday. This made me realized how attached I am to my phone and I didn’t like it.

Since Las Vegas, I have intentionally not been carrying my phone with me everywhere and try not to check emails as often. I didn’t realize how time consuming technology is. I have never been a user of social media, and just opened a Facebook page this year. Between checking emails and surfing the web I consume a few hours a day of technology.

Here is a few Stats from Statistic Brain

Percent who said their mobile phone is the first and last thing they look at each day 29 %
Percent who said they need to have the latest mobile technology 18 %
Percent who check their mobile device every 30 minutes or less 37 %
Percent who said they could only go a few hours without their mobile phone 34%
Percent who said they prefer to communicate by text message 32 %
Percent who have asked someone on a date via text 20 %
Percent who say their mobile device make them better parents 65 %
Percent who would take their mobile device to work over their lunch 66 %

Percent who do the following on their phone at least twice a week

Browse the internet 46 %
Listen to music 32 %
Search the internet 41 %
Read news or current events 36 %
Take pictures 36 %
Visit social networks 37 %
Play games 32 %
Navigate using GPS 18 %
Shop online 12 %
Receive payments 5 %
Video chat 9 %

Percent Who Use Their Phone While Doing Another Task

Seeing a movie 8 %
Driving a car 32 %
Playing with my children 35 %
Attending a party 37 %
Eating at a restaurant 36 %
Watching TV 61 %
Riding public transportation 36 %

Where You Place Your Mobile Phone While Sleeping at Night

Next to my bed 68 %
In the bedroom 16 %
In a different room from where I sleep 13 %
Other / Various 2 %
In the car 1 %


Giving up Technology for one Week

To continue with this experiment I am not bringing my laptop or cell phone with me to Mexico. I will enjoy the sun and the beach without electronics. We are staying with family so I will have access to internet and I will be checking the blog/emails at-least once well I am gone. Mrs PR will have her phone if needed and for emergencies.

What do you think, Have you gone any amount of time not plugged in ?

I hope you all have a great week and I will let you know how it went.


  1. Nice quick recap, Steve! Hope you enjoy the warm weather.

    On your question, the most I’ve gone unplugged was for 10 days while on a cruise. They did have computers, but I wasn’t tempted to go into a crammed computer room with no windows (although that was before this whole blog thing…).

    Have a good trip. – Mike

  2. Can’t wait to find out how many times you did check your blog even without your phone??
    When I was in Hawaii last November, I cut back as much as I could but due to my job requirements I had to check emails daily:(

    • Hi Caroline, I checked the blog twice and spent a total of ½ hr plugged in while I was away. It was a nice break !

  3. Steve,
    Enjoy the beach and sunshine. Technology is good, but it’s nice to unplug once a while. 7 years ago, my family went to West Virginia, to ride the steam locomotive and see the tree leaves in the fall. There was no cell phone signals in that area. I loved it, and had a great time after unplugging. We had to use the hotel room phone to make a call, and that was cool.

    • Hi Helen, West Virginia sounds like a nice trip. I didn’t find the phone hard to put away it was more not looking at email daily, I found the hardest.

  4. Good for you on putting the “attention-span destroying” electronics and social media away for a bit. I do feel I spend too much time with technology myself…especially with this blogging hobby/side-histle and trying to keep everything flowing along. Hopefully, I can find a good balance soon enough.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  5. I hope you enjoy(ed) your vacation!

    I admit I am attached to my phone a lot. Either I’m reading a news article or blog post, watching a video, texting friends/family, or doing something related to blogging. My fiance seems to be addicted to playing games on his phone after work…

    To think of it, I don’t think I can live without my phone. It’s as if my entire life is on my device… it’s so sad!

    Always a good idea to step away! We all need moments where we’re not distracted.

    • Thanks Fin$avvypanda
      I had a great holiday. It’s soo nice to get some sun in the middle of winter.
      I am going to try and put my phone down more now that I am home. It became such a habit for me to constantly look at my phone.

  6. Cool experiment, Steve. It’s funny to think about how long a week without technology would feel like. I think I’d need to keep myself pretty pre-occupied. But, I think it’d be a nice vacation from my digital lease. If not properly managed, I certainly think phones can have some pretty negative effects on individuals without them even knowing it. Enjoy PV!

    • Hi Michael, technology is such a big part of life now. The last few months I have been purposely not caring it everywhere I go.

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