Even though being told that you need to put down your phone can be annoying, in some situations it’s probably good advice – I can’t remember the last time I went to a party or a friend’s house and didn’t catch someone checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush. Sometimes it’s a good idea to set aside the phone, log out of Netflix, turn off the laptop and instead spend time reconnecting with your friends without any screens in the way. Worried about not having any ideas? That’s what we’re here for! Look below for some suggestions on how to prove that you don’t need technology to have a good time.
1. Cards Against Humanity
It’s the game that’s sweeping the nation… figuratively, of course. For those who don’t know, Cards Against Humanity is a card game where you compete with your friends to see who’s the funniest, wittiest, or (in many cases) who has the most twisted mind. To demonstrate, some examples of answer cards include “Shaquille O’Neal’s Acting Career” and “Interspecies Marriage”. Whether you’re playing with three people or twenty people, this game can keep you occupied – and rolling on the floor laughing – for hours on end. You can buy the starter pack online for just $25. Or if you’re looking to save a bit of money, visit the Cards Against Humanity website and download your own version for free!
2. Have an Impromptu Karaoke Session
Admit it – you already know all the lyrics to “Teenage Dream”. You don’t need a screen or a pair of iPod speakers to jam out with your friends! Ignore your perpetually grumpy neighbours and sing at the top of your lungs to anything you want. Want to show off your rapping skills? Go for it. Sing Christmas songs in July? Why Not? And if you don’t want to sing without background music, get the rest of your friends to channel their inner Glee fanatics and sing backup for you, a cappella style.
3. Have a Day-Long Staycation
In the wise words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Sometimes going out and trying to get to know your town or city a little bit better can be surprisingly fun. After a few hours of walking around, you could find your new go-to café or a park that you never knew about. Plus, you’ll have the added privilege of knowing that you discovered these places with your friends – how cool is that?
4. Go Fake Camping
If you’re trying to justify why you’re not using technology to other friends or doubting acquaintances, there’s no better excuse than to tell them that you went camping. But with the cabin, food, bedding, and other expenses, camping can actually get pretty pricey. So why not just camp out in your own backyard? And if you don’t have a backyard, try to find a space indoors to set up a tent. If you turn off the lights and hang one of those pine scented air fresheners from the top, it’ll practically feel like the real thing.
5. Bake or Cook
I get it – eating food is fun, but making food? Not so much. But the best thing about putting your culinary skills to the test is being able to eat as much as you want afterward and not feel guilty about it. Now if anyone judges you for eating 10 cookies in one sitting, you can tell them you made them, so it doesn’t count. (Trust me – it’s an official rule) Plus, if there’s a recipe you’ve been dying to try but have been worried about screwing up, don’t worry – being with friends can make a mistake turn into a memory. You won’t remember burning the pizza – you’ll only remember laughing so hard it hurts while watching your friends frantically trying to turn off the smoke detector.
Yeah, you know that thing we always forget to do? There are so many ways to communicate with each other nowadays that talking, in-person, is becoming more and more rare. Sit down with your friends and have a slumber party-esque chat session about anything and everything – you may be surprised at how refreshing it feels.
What do you do when you don’t have your phone or computer to keep you occupied?