Saturday 17 February 2018

20 students to go without technology for two day 'ghost-hunting' TV shoot

Aishling Phelan

A group of 20 young students will be locked in a secure location for two days without technology and electricity to create a quirky TV show.

‘‘Out of Service’’ will see media production pupils complete tasks such as creating fire without matches and ghost-hunting without technology, phones or lighting.


Participants must hit the panic button if the temptation of technology becomes too much and they wish to escape.


‘‘We thought it was a good idea because we’re teenagers and we can’t live without our laptops and phones so we thought it would be cool to see what happens when we have to live without technology,’’ group member Dean Moore of Enniscorthy Vocational College said.


The student was unable to divulge the exact location of the experiment but said it was in a community hall that is rumoured to be haunted.


‘‘We’re going to be doing lots of tasks like lighting fire without matches and investigating paranormal activity because the hall we’re staying in is supposed to be haunted,’’ he explained.


Cameras dotted around the large room will capture all the drama and possible tantrums and will be broadcast on


Viewers will be given the opportunity to influence the show by suggesting tasks, rewards, and punishments.


‘‘We went to a local media outlet and they were mad for it, absolutely loved the idea,’’ he said.


The students are setting out to discover whether they can live for 48 hours without technology.


Group members can pour their hearts out in a private room called the ‘Chatter Box.’


The condition and feelings of the students will be recorded in the Big Brother diary room-style private area.


This is also where the participants will receive their secret missions from the outside world.


‘‘We tried to think, what can we do to get noticed and we came up with the idea of Out of Service,’’ he said.

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A major element of the no-gadgets project is how the students will interact with each other once the technology withdrawal symptoms kick in. 


‘‘We all do get on but there are times we feel like beating the heads off each other so life without technology could well be a contributory factor to us all going mad at each other,’’ he laughed.


The project kicks off the first weekend of March.


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