Okay, story time, folks. A few weeks ago my phone started going nuts. Even though I charged it the evening before, in the morning it showed exactly 8%. Then after making what the hell face, I charged it again but since I didn’t have much time left till I had to leave the house, it charged only till 40%.
Long story short, my phone died on me after few hours. It was a school day also. I had 8 periods and my phone was dead. And let me tell you how freaking weird it felt to not use it! And that day I realised something (not that I didn’t know it before). I realised how freaking useless we can be without these little (or maybe not so little) devices. It’s like we depend on them way too much.
You don’t know what time it is. You can’t contact anyone. You can’t reach out for help in case of emergency. You can’t check when is your bus. You are basically isolated from the world of technologies. And damn does it feel good.
Yes, I admit. At first, I was freaking out because I live far away from my school and the only source of information and connection is my phone. I kept reaching out for my phone at times when I felt anxious about something or just bored to be welcomed by a blank screen. However, after several hours, I felt so at ease that probably the only place I feel like this is the nature. It felt like I had no worries. I didn’t know what time it was or what was going on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. I didn’t have to worry about anything. It was like I have turned the switch off and was finally free.
We use social medias to connect with people and to talk with them, share our insights. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing. I’m a blogger and it would be an incredibly hypocrite of me to say that. But the problem I have with this fact is that we become more and more isolated from the outside world and are only interested in the little device in our hands. We should talk and share our interests with real people too. We should go out and communicate with other people without wanting to use our phones every 5 minutes. It’s like we have this habit to constantly check it and use it even though we aren’t actually required or even need to do that. And that says a lot about us.
Be honest. How many times have you reached for your phone when you were spending time with your friends? I bet you did just that the last time you had a meetup. And I am guilty of that too. Don’t think that I am bashing you or criticising. I am exactly the same as you. And this post is only an observation on how technologies affect our everyday life and how dependent on them we have become.
I guess what I am trying to say with this post is that it is very healthy to have a day without your phone and just to let your mind escape the hurricane what is your digital life. It may be hard (trust me I know it) but I think it is more than worth it.
When was the last time you had a phone-free day?