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Cecile Corral

Lost in a low-tech lifestyle – but loving it

June 22, 2010

I am low tech.


I do not own a flat-screen TV. In fact, my television set is boxy and has about a 16-inch screen at best.


I have no cable TV, so I am immediately zapped out of the conversation with any friends and family members within 20 years of my age who love discussing The Real Housewives of Wherever, Project Runway, Big Love, and the like. 


I also do not have TV screens in my car on the back of my headrest for my kids' enjoyment.


I am not on Facebook.


I am on LinkedIn, but just barely.


I just learned to text message, and am not good at it because I haven't managed yet the lingo. I can't get beyond "LOL" and "BTW." My friends complain I am wordy and use too to many punctuation marks. And I automatically (and obviously, unnecessarily) sign off with "Love, Ceci" after each message.


But here I am, assigned to write a blog and desperately trying to come up with a topic for your reading enjoyment, wondering what to say, when it just dawned on me: My low-tech lifestyle.


It's a struggle for me, my stance against certain technological advancements. I have a friend who constantly reminds me of my "lost-ness" in today's society. 


But when I am feeling like a low-tech loon, I quickly pep-talk myself out of it. 


With the exception of a cell phone, which has become a necessity in today's world, I am living proof that you can exist, succeed and - behold - find happiness sans gadgets.


If you don't believe me, take a test this summer. Give yourself a time frame in which you will attempt to turn off the TV for many hours at a time, make phone calls to actually speak out loud with your voice to people instead of zap them with three-word texts, and look out the window when you drive - and make your passengers do the same - without watching a TV or listening to the latest hits downloaded onto your iPod.


You might just get lost, too.