Yes, I'm A Millennial And I'm Excited To Be Without My Phone For A Week

Yes, I'm A Millennial And I'm Excited To Be Without My Phone For A Week

The prospect of being phone-less is a promising reprieve from my digital life.
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I wake to the chiming of my phone every morning. Immediately following, my phone catches me up on the happenings of the social media world. Email and texts also garner my attention, and before I know it I've already spent an hour longer in bed than intended.

I tend to underestimate the impact my phone has on my day.

Without tracking my friends' phones, how would I know when and where to meet up with them? Without snapchat, how would I capture the funniest and most notable intervals of my life? Without my phone as an alarm, how would I know when to wake up? Without my digital schedule, how would I know when my classes are? Without navigation, how would I know where to go?

Although these might seem to be silly concerns, they're suddenly all too real when you consider existing without a phone to act as a guide. For some, having their phone die is the equivalent to losing a limb - it's a part of them they cannot spare.

I like to think I'm not too dependent on my phone. Compared to some of my friends, I definitely spend significantly less time staring at my phone's screen.

Yet, I love the feeling when it's not constantly at my side. Since getting to college, I've started leaving it in the room when I've gone on small excursions. Without the constant pull of social media and the outside world, I'm much more perceptive of what is occurring around me.

When I signed up for a fall break trip, the prospect of going the entire trip without my phone greatly appealed to me.

No Twitter. No Instagram. No Facebook. No Hotmail. No IM. No Omegle. No Myspace.

As far as I'm aware, I won't have access to carrier pigeon either.

I couldn't be more thrilled with the prospect!

No matter how hard I try to live in the moment, I find myself reaching for my phone, almost as if on a reflex. I find myself watching concerts through a phone or experiencing vacations through a camera.

Without my phone for a week, I physically won't be able to live through my screen.

I won't be able to reflexively reach for my phone.

I'm eager to finally experience a trip, and the beauty of Costa Rica, without doing any of it for others on the internet. Nothing will matter but me and those around me - no one from the outside world matters in that moment.

I'm guilty of living a technology-dependent life, and have found this to be a hard habit to break.

Yet, as I anticipate spending a week sans phone, I'm eager to fully enjoy the experience.

No experience can be lived digitally, for life isn't pixel perfect. Instead, we live in the real world, a far greater option.

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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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Because looking like you have it all together is overrated.

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A "finsta" or fake instagram is a private account where you accept only your closest friends/family and post funny/embarrassing things about your life. It is somewhat of a dying trend, but I brought it back for myself and love it more than any other social media platform. To convince you to make a finsta, I will even dive into the embarrassing depths of mine.

1. Show off your true fashion statements without worrying about the weekly trend

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2. You can post all the pictures that you wanted to Instagram, but didn't because you were afraid of "posting too much"

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3. You can make fun of all of your day's shortcomings and disappointments.

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4. You can post all the funny texts and office memes you want, without judgment.

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5. You can actually be a RELATABLE HUMAN BEING without worrying about how many likes you get (gasp)

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7. When you look back on your posts, they will more accurately describe your life events than your rinsta, because it's not just always about the picture perfect moments.

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9. You can make fun of yourself and are reminded not to take life too seriously.

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