This week has been interesting in that I haven’t had access to my telephone all week. The feeling of panic instantly hit me, what will I do with no phone? How the heck did we cope without mobile phones and smart phones??
Initially its the practical side of things, getting in contact with my boyfriend, arranging to meet people or needing tell them things. Then it was the email checking for work I was unable to do and checking my Gmail account. Then it was referring to my Thai translator, checking Facebook, using GPS, checking blogs, accessing the news, checking my schedule, taking notes, taking photos, free messaging on Whatsapp with my family at home.
When I originally bought my Smart Phone I was very skeptical thinking I would just use it for messaging and calling. I still don’t think I am using it to its full potential but I am certainly getting my use from it. So life without it, well life without it, I felt disconnected. I was constantly reaching for it. It so hard to find that balance between the addiction of any time having a phone at reach and knowing when its just not apropriate.
I have to say though I went away this weekend and I didn’t even open my laptop once, therefore not seeing a screen for 48 hours, wow it felt good
Yes my phone is fully functioning and yes I will be constantly looking at it but I realised that Facebook does not need to be checked everyday a day and I do not need to be replying to students emails at 10pm, life goes on.