Kansan unplugs from technology

HOLCOMB, Kansas – Leaton McClelland is a 22-year-old college student who decided to go without his cell phone, computer, iPad, and TV for two months.

“[I just wanted to] regain the ability to be social and talk,” said McClelland, “and realize there’s more to life than staring at a little screen all day.”

On June first he shut off his cell phone service and told people they could get in touch with him by his family’s landline or mail.

On Tuesday McClelland was on the third day of his social experiment, but he said he’s already had several opportunities to talk with people that he may never have interacted with had he been holding his cell phone.  “You’re not looking at a screen, your eyes are up making eye contact.  It seems to be more inviting for people,” he said.

It’s been an interesting change of pace for him, but for mom Melody it’s been a struggle.  She doesn’t want him to lose touch with his friends and she worries about how she would get a hold of him in an emergency.

“It’s been really hard for me these last three days,” she said.  “It’s kind of brought it up to our family how much technology has improved our lives.”

Even though his parents worry and his friends and sister give  him a hard time for living in the dark ages, McClelland said he’s enjoying the freedom from technology.

He was happy to make the exception for KSN’s cameras, hoping he’d be able to inspire others to set down their phones and strike up a real conversation.

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