That’s my question for you: Can you survive a day without your smartphone? It’s kind of hard to answer. I’m a blogger…a social media woman. I kind of live and breathe social media. My husband jokes that I am touching the internet most of the day (not always a good thing). I admit it- I check my email, my site, my Facebook, my fan page, multiple times per day. It’s kind of what we as a society “do.” Just for the record, mealtime is never technology time- no smartphone at the table in our house. Off limits. Nor in the bedrooms.
So if you had asked me a few months ago, could I go a day without my smartphone, I’d have looked at you and laughed, thinking you’d lost your mind. No. I could not. Are you insane? Remember, I only joined the ranks of people with smartphones this past February. My addiction came on fast. Furious too. Stuck waiting at the doctor’s office? No problem kids, here’s my phone and these are the apps you can choose from. Waiting for an email? Oh, I’ll just check my phone for new emails!! Brett + Smartphone= True Love 4ever.
But then Tropical Storm Irene hit. Three and a half days with no power. Around here, with my provider, no power=no service. No service=useless smartphone. That was a long few days but I made it through.
Then Storm Alfred hit the Northeast. We lost power in the middle of the day and got it back 6 days later- internet was a full day behind. The first few days was like “OMG I have deadlines, the kids are doing something cute I need to share the pics on Facebook…” you know- the IMPORTANT things in life. But after a few days of no power, no tv, no phone, no internet, I slowly kind of realized that I was ok without my appendage (phone). Life was going on around me and I was not worried about a deadline, nor email, nor Facebook, Twitter or anything else. And that was ok. Still is. It kind of put a little bit of perspective on the whole phone thing.
The access is awesome- access to social media, friends, photos, emails…oh! and shopping. Words with Friends. I’m ALWAYS connected. But the access is not so awesome- I’m always connected. I CAN go a day without my smartphone, but do I want to? NO. Will I do it willingly? Um, maybe on holidays? But not with much enthsiasm. But I will limit my phone time. I usually turn the ringer off or way down when I’m home, and I don’t touch it when I’m doing family things, like eating meals, reading books, watching movies. Have to find a balance.
I guess my answer, 538 words later, is that I CAN survive a day without my smartphone, but would far prefer to just survive a day with minimal smartphone. Can and will are two different things!!
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