As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.
I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.
My phone isn’t a physical umbilical cord, but today revealed how much I emotionally rely on my cell phone..
I left the house around noon to meet my brother for lunch, then to make a quick run to Target. When I arrived at Chipotle I automatically checked my phone to make sure he hadn’t set a ‘going to be late’ text. Except…no cell phone!
After a split second of panic – and a double check inside my car – I decided I was a modern woman; I could deal. Nobody was going to die if they couldn’t reach me for a couple hours.
I no longer wear a watch, using my cell phone to keep track of time. My brother had an appointment immediately after lunch and I kept reaching to check my phone to make sure we were on time. Except…no cell phone! Fortunately he had both a watch and a phone, so that kept our date on track. But without a phone there was no Facebook check in to let the world know what I was up to; no selfies of me and the brother having fun.
When I went to Target things got tricky. This time I was the one with an appointment – 2 pm back at the office. Normally, I would be checking the time frequently, except…no cell phone! Cue anxiety. I hurried through my shopping and almost asked the check out lady for the time, just to make sure I wasn’t running late. Fortunately, my stress over missing a coupon by one day distracted my twitchy brain.
While the clock was the most missed feature on my phone, I also found myself reaching for the camera feature to take a photo. Click! Snap! to get a reference photo of that side table on clearance. Except…no cell phone!
When I arrived back in the office my cell phone was in front of the laptop, right where I had left it. Of course, the first thing I did, before I even set my purse down, was to check and make sure I hadn’t missed any messages. My phone hasn’t left my side since then.
Did I survive a few hours without my cell phone? Yep, I sure did. Nobody died or was distraught about me not being available.
Did I enjoy this unexpected experiment and want to do it again? Not even a little! It did provide a nice epilogue to a short documentary I watched last week titled No Internet Week
How long have you accidentally gone without your phone?
Was it fabulous to not be connected?
Or did it stress you out?