Over the last 24 hours I have been in a situation where I was without my phone. Now this was definitely not by choice and honestly I did not enjoy it.
I definitely learnt a thing or 2 about my self and how much I not only rely on technology but how much I rely on my phone.
Firstly, probably the most important of everything was that I felt unsafe. I don’t know if this is just more or if its something that happens to all the ladies out there or its just something that everyone feels. I felt more unsafe mostly because I had no means to contact someone if something were to come up or if there was an issue. I felt as though this particularly made me uneasy as I was catching the train and bus home later than usual last night and I use public transport to get into work as well. It really increased my anxiety of being out in the world.
Secondly, I definitely overuse my phone for mindless activities. I scroll through social media as just something to do, not really taking in what I’m even looking at. There are games that I play when I’m watching things on my computer or the TV and overall kind of use it to be unproductive. I really didn’t think I wasted to much time on my phone!
Finally, all all in one feature if great for when your technology is working BUT when it isn’t its a real hassle. I get up a lot earlier than my significant other (lucky me) and relying on his phone for an alarm this morning really put his routine out of whack. I want to say it has something to do with different alarm tones and when your brain hears your alarm tone it becomes more alert because that’s definitely what happened this morning. I also rely on my phone as a torch so I don’t need to turn on the bedroom light to get around the room or find things. I was lucky in that his phone has a torch but it is definitely way brighter than mine and I had no idea how to dim it.
Overall not having a phone had more of an impact on my 24 hours that I thought it would. I rely on it for so much. To keep me safe, to check the weather, to get up in the morning and to mindlessly waste my time. I feel as though this experience has been a good learning one for me. I do hope that I can use my phone in a more productive way now that we are reunited!
How do you feel about your phone? Do you have an suggestions about more productive ways I can use mine?