This post doesn’t really have any specific point I’m trying to make, I just had the opportunity to spend an entire day without my phone and decided to jot down some of my observations.
My phone’s battery could no longer hold a full charge and would only stay on for 3 hours a day, resulting in me making a trip to the Apple store for a battery replacement. The experience was interesting. I’m not in the group of people that are convinced our “always-connected” lives are a net-negative for society, I tend to believe it’s how progression with technology works. In all things, there is good or bad and you won’t get very far only focusing on whatever helps convince yourself of your bias.
Walking out of the store without the weight of the phone in my pocket was weird. Almost immediately I realized I had no way of letting my partner know where I was. The last text I had sent was 2 hours ago and I worried that I would make her worried by not being able to reply if she were to text. This circular-worry played out in my head for a minute until I concluded she knew I was getting the battery replaced so hopefully she wouldn’t assume I had died in some horrible accident.
I had a lot of time to kill. I just aimlessly walked around and thought about if there was anything I needed that I could buy in the mall. Didn’t have access to my Google’s “shopping list”, so I had to focus and really think about what I had dictated to my Google Home in the past. This is one of those points that’s overlooked as a benefit of our tech heavy lives. There’s a lot less energy spent on trying to remember or manage loads of information. Being able to quickly log notes and retrieve information with little friction keeps momentum moving forward.
I got dinner at a sit down sushi restaurant; gave my order, handed over the menu and proceeded to randomly look around. Normally at this point, I would have pulled out my phone and swiped through whatever news feed tickled my fancy. I was forced to just absorb what was around me. Including the side glances from waiters and people eating around me. Diving into our phones has become such the norm, that when you see someone just aimlessly looking around, you wonder what is wrong with them or perhaps become suspicious. At the end of dinner, I asked the waiter what time it was explaining my situation with the phone and she audible replied oh a “Oh! That makes much more sense now”.