No-Tech

The Amish keep technology to an absolute minimum. They believe that the Earth should stay as it God originally created it, so you won’t find any lamps or cars in their communities. Instead, you’ll see them riding horse-drawn buggies and lighting their homes with candles.

Rumshpringa

When an Amish teen reaches the ages of 14-16, they are given the option of going on Rumshpringa (“running around” in English). The teens leave their families and explore and experiment with the vices of the outside world, that are typically forbidden. After they are through, the teens can choose to either come back to their communities to be baptized to stay forever within the faith, or be shunned and live out the rest of their lives in the modern world.

Sweet Freedom

During Rumshpringa, Amish teens go out into the world to get their first tastes of what life is like for the non-Amish. Being away from their parents, the teens have complete freedom to go and try whatever they want. While most end up maybe trying a few puffs of a cigarette or going to a dance club before deciding that kind of life is not for them, others end up going wild and experimenting with more dangerous activities.