As a self-confessed technology nerd you might think I’d be freaking out without my beloved smartphone.
Hell, I thought I’d be freaking out without my smartphone!
It’s got my calendar, my music, my ebooks, email, Facebook, games, films, pictures, maps, contacts – I even use it to text and phone people sometimes.
But I’ve been phone-less since Monday, when the battery died and wouldn’t recharge, and you know what? I’ve been absolutely fine – relaxed, even.
Without wishing to go all hippy Luddite or agree with those bloody awful newspaper articles that beging “Is technology making our lives a misery?” I’d like to say that the last few days have been absolutely fine.
Even without my smartphone.
It turns out I can manage just fine without my calendar, my music, my ebooks, email, Facebook, games, films, pictures, maps, contacts – even texting and phoning people sometimes.
And my walk to work, to and from the station, offers a surprising tranquility: filled with smells and sounds and sights that were previously replaced by the sounds and images from my ‘phone.
I’ve been reading paper books – catching up on those collected Akira editions I bought years ago and somehow never got around to actually reading – Akira on paper is amazing!
Even – and this might be a step too weird – eavesdropping on commuter conversations and smiling to myself about how not-so-very-different their lives are from mine.
Ahh, listen to me – I’ll be telling you to go and pick some flowers and live in a yurt soon. Don’t get me wrong – I want my ‘phone back – and soon; but life without it hasn’t been the grey wasteland of tedium and disconnection I’d initially feared. 🙂
So perhaps – just perhaps – we should all leave our ‘phones at home occasionally.
Maybe one or two Phone Alone days are in order – just a couple of times a year – to see what’s been happening while we’ve been absorbed online…