Challenge 5 Journal update! Last week on Monday, I decided to give up video games, YouTube, and television for five days and here are my journals.
Monday- First day without video games, television, and YouTube, but I feel normal. I was bored at certain times of the day, so I read my books from challenge 3 to help me relax from my breaks of studying.
Tuesday- Today I read my book a lot more, I went through over 100 pages today actually. I miss YouTube in a way, but I can tell that the imagery of my book has improved since yesterday.
Wednesday- Today I listened to the television while I was eating with my roommate. It was a new episode of the Big Bang Theory, but I surprisingly wasn't disappointed to not be able to see the images. I imagined what the show would look like.
Thursday- I finished my first book today and started reading my second one. I learned of a service where I can rent any book from any library in the country at hale library today, so I'm ecstatic that I get to continue reading my book series, "Warriors". Friday/Saturday- I stayed up past midnight on Friday and made a realization. It seemed like I wasn't enjoying one of my videogames as much as I used to think I did. Also, they calmed me down a lot slower than my books had during the week.
A couple days later and I haven't played my video games yet. I have decided to replace video games with books because of how faster the books cause me to relax. I will play them with friends and go back every once in a while, but I will mostly read. I will continue to watch television and YouTube because I bond with many people by watching them and I don't want to give up those bonds "We create our tools and then our tools create us". This quote describes my journey through challenge 5 surprisingly well. I have talked with many people who asked my about my books on campus and I find myself talking about them even when I'm not noticing. I have done this with video games before and met a few people that way. Maybe in the future because of how much I talk about it, I will start to hang out with different people in the future rather than the people I would hang out with if I continued playing video games.