I Didn't Use My Phone For 3 Days And This Is What I Realized

I Didn't Use My Phone For 3 Days And This Is What I Realized

Without having a phone, I realized a lot about when I did have a phone.
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This weekend, my phone, unfortunately, decided to take a spill onto the sidewalk and shattered into a million pieces, leaving the entire phone completely useless. With being at school, I was not able to get it fixed until Monday night — leaving me phone-less for nearly three days. Now, this is not a long time, however, it gave me a lot of time to think. I was completely away from having technology everywhere I go within the click of a button. Overall, I had come to a sad realization that I think a lot of millennials could agree on, that we rely on technology and social media way too much in our everyday lives.

I realized I don't need my phone to talk to my friends

My initial reaction to my phone breaking was, "Shoot, how will I communicate with my friends," this, however, was not a huge issue. So I couldn't Snapchat or text for three days, but I realized how sad it was that I thought I needed a phone to talk to my friends. This is in no way an issue anyone should have just because they don't have a phone or aren't on social media.

I realized phones are distractions from what is in front of me

I actually valued the time I had with my friends more, when I was hanging out with them without a phone. I was able to focus directly on the people, activities and conversations that were right in front of me with no distractions of messages and notifications. This was a different experience, something I'm not used to, which is actually sad. Every time I am with my friends, everyone still feels the need to be checking in on social media and see what everyone else that they know is up to on Instagram and Snapchat instead of focusing what we are doing. During this short period of time not having a phone I almost became annoyed with my friends that did because it was like there was something stuck in between and holding back us from being just us and hanging out, which was their phones.

I used my phone as a way to avoid people and situations in public

I then started to realize how much I relied on my phone as almost a "tool" of comfort. I realized how many situations there were in the day that gave me an excuse to be in my phone just so I didn't feel awkward. For example, While riding in the elevator, waiting in lines while getting food, walking to class, waiting for a professor to start a class, and so much more. I realize I use my phone even when I don't want or need to, just because it's "the thing to do" because everyone else is doing it, and if I don’t have my head down looking at the same social media posts I've seen five times within the past hour I will be looked at as weird. I realized my generation struggles to find peace in eye contact and speaking face to face, so we use our devices to hide it.

Without my phone, I feel something is missing

Another thing I felt without my phone was almost like a sense of something missing or I was forgetting something when I was out in public. I recently read an article regarding technology and connections and a quote that stuck out to me was "The next time you leave your phone at home, think about that being the reason for feeling like a piece of you is missing." This quote stuck out to me so much and really made me think about it. I believe people who are active on social media leave a part of themselves on technological devices and on social media, then when they're not on them they feel a longing for them and are almost in a way addicted to their lives on their technology or social media. But what if what everyone is really missing out on is the world in front of them offline and they just didn't know it?

Being the one without a phone left me feeling like I was living in a different world than those that did have phones.

Without having a phone, I realized a lot about when I did have a phone. It was a weird feeling, I almost felt left out from everyone else, or like I was missing something, not following everyone else and doing the "Norm." I definitely realized that this world is very technologically involved and with that comes many flaws, or at least in my eyes. I believe technology has created a bubble around people and it reels them into almost a whole new world, and once that technology is taken away you, or at least I was living in a different world.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Modern Technology Is Fostering A Lazy Generation

I'm not a scientist or a researcher by any means, but I believe Millennials are becoming lazier and lazier by each and every new technological innovation made.

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In the world of technology, it seems as if there's a new app, product, or device being made or updated every single day. The motive behind all of these new innovations seems to be making life easier and more efficient. Millions of people live with a device, Amazon's Alexa, which allows us to call out to it and order it around, and it will gladly comply (even if you have to repeat your orders a few times

The purpose of products like Alexa is to reduce the time and effort we spend performing simple tasks, such as setting an alarm or playing a song on Spotify. This concept isn't a new one; Siri, which essentially revolves around the same purpose, has been around for years. Alexa, however, has been considered groundbreaking because it sits around your house or dorm room, blending in with the rest of your furniture, just waiting to be ordered around.

I guess it's safe to say that the inventors behind all of these developments have had good intentions; they have made life easier and more efficient after all. Something that used to take days to do, such as delivering a letter, can now be done simply in a matter of seconds; not only can information spread faster, but anyone can create an email account and use it to write to anyone across the world from the comfort of their home from practically any device. Technology really does seem like a lifesaver sometimes.


But what's the cost of this efficiency? It's without a doubt that a vast amount of effort and hours have been saved because of how simple the modern world has become. Yet, our dependence on recent innovations has made us less self-reliant, while being more reliant on inhuman machines and codes created by scientists and engineers.

Whenever I need to find an answer to something, my very first instinct is to pull out Safari on my iPhone and search for it on the internet. I've become so accustomed to searching for things on the web that I can type the word "Google" with my eyes closed in a matter of seconds (or maybe even milliseconds). Sometimes I will even ask questions to the people around me for them only to reply with, "I don't know, maybe Google it?"

My generation doesn't know what it's like to skim through a book or to seek out information from an expert because we're practically attached to devices that hold all the information we want to know in the click of a button. The only hard-copy dictionary in my house belongs to my parents; I have no need for such a dictionary because I have Google bookmarked on my computer and cell phone. I didn't even bring a dictionary to my dorm room for school this past year.

My fellow millennials and I lack the skills it takes to ponder deep within our minds to try and find the answer to any questions we encounter. We don't know what it's like to be responsible for our own knowledge and learning; why spend even a second trying to independently find the answer to something when you just can ask Siri? If the products are so expensive, we might as well use them.


We're also losing the ability to remember and remind ourselves of important things. Our parents are probably better at keeping appointments and remembering ingredients they need to buy than we are. When we can set reminders on our phone by simply saying aloud, "Alexa, set an appointment for Friday at 9 AM with Doctor Smith", there's no need to exert the mental energy and spare the brain cells it takes to remember such things; your phone will let you know that you have an appointment as the time approaches.

The most ironic thing about our devices reducing the time and effort it takes to complete simple tasks, in my opinion, is how we spend the time and energy we are saving. Sometimes when I'm done with my homework or watching a movie, I zone out by scrolling through my Instagram and Facebook feed for nearly twenty minutes. So, essentially, the time and energy I save using my devices are being used by the same devices, only in a different, more passive form.

Therefore, not only are we becoming less self-reliant and proactive, but recent technology is also making our generation more passive and apathetic. Does anyone know if Apple has created a device that can remove the invisible glue that's sticking our hands to our phones yet?

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