Remember life before social media? Before texting and tweets? KOLN-TV in Lincoln set out to find a family willing to give it up for two weeks. A family of six in Seward, Nebraska read about the challenge on Twitter and decided to give it a try.
The Aldrich family spends hours on social media and primarily communicates through texting, but for two weeks they agreed not to text or log on to any of their social media accounts.
"It's kind of amazing how before when you didn't have them you didn't miss them, but now you have them and if you can't reach somebody it's tough," said husband and father of four, Kevin. "You wonder why you can't reach them when you know they have that instant access."
Everyone wasn't excited about taking the challenge. "This was Kevin's idea," said wife Beth. "I'm okay with it though because I think my kids need to kind of know the way it used to be when they didn't have all this other stuff."
Their children, 15-year-old Makenna, 14-year-old Kyleigh, 11-year-old Maryssa and 6-year-old Bronson, were reluctant, but agreed to take the challenge knowing it wouldn't be easy.
"It's not gonna be very fun," said Makenna. "I'm not gonna be able to do any of the stuff I spend my time doing when I'm absolutely bored."
When asked who would have the hardest time not breaking the rules, all fingers pointed to Kyleigh. "This is definitely gonna be the hardest for me because I have a lot of people that I talk to, mainly texting, and I go on Instagram quite a lot because I get bored a lot," said Kyleigh.
After two weeks, the family admitted they missed their technology and their friends struggled as much as they did. "Definitely excited, I think my friends are more excited than I am," said Makenna.
Kevin and Beth had a difficult time not being able to contact their children. "We're closer to our family that's not around," said Kevin. "It was tough not being able to text the kids or Beth to say do this or go there or this is what is happening."
"It was harder to communicate with the kids with being busy with work and life in general," said Beth. "It would be easier to send them a text and say hey, you have this at this time or hey, I'm gonna be here. Instead you had to wait for them to get home or out of school to call them."
Not being able to constantly communicate with the children also made them realize how normal being on a cell phone is. "It was always interesting being at events and seeing a lot of people on their phone and we would just be sitting there looking at each other like oh, now we have to talk to each other." said Beth.