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.

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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To Curb Phone Addiction, I Turned My Phone Grayscale

And it (almost) worked

For the past couple days, I’ve been seeing gray.

Though my wardrobe occasionally suggests otherwise, I’m not color-blind. Instead, my phone’s been turned to grayscale.

The idea, at least according to writers and tech enthusiasts like the New York Time’s Nellie Bowels, is to curb phone addiction. Through removing color (and with it, any sense of joy), your iPhone ideally becomes less of a distraction and is less likely to appeal to your pre-evolutionary instincts for finding shiny, colorful things. Or something. Give me some slack, I’m going off of 100-level biology here.

The fact that I did it on a whim, through something I found while mindlessly scrolling through my phone, might have something to say about why I added the filter in the first place. There may or may not be implications worth exploring there.

I kept my phone grayscale for a couple days, just long enough to throw myself off.

During the first 24 hours, I was getting serious Wizard of Oz vibes, especially if I looked up after answering an email or scrolling through Facebook.

Going grayscale didn’t hamper me too much, though I challenge you to find enjoyment on Instagram with every photo taking on the look of the same gimmicky filter (though, to be honest, that’s not too different from my usual experience browsing Instagram).

But my phone did immediately seem less appealing.

Like the world’s worst scientist, I didn’t keep metrics. But I could already notice I was spending less time overall on the phone. Going grayscale didn’t prevent me from randomly checking my phone. But, at least at first, I was using my phone less each time I checked it.

My battery life was never great to begin with but it seemed as if my phone was able to hold a charge better than usual. Even after waking up at 6 in the morning and being on campus all day without a charger handy, my phone only dropped as low as 50% before I made it home.

Albeit, it wasn’t a particularly scientific experiment. But it felt nice, at times, feeling less attached to my phone.

For you tech acolytes wanting to try this out, it’s easy enough, though I only gave this a shot on my iPhone.

On iPhone, it’s fairly simple. Basically, you visit the Accessibility menu in General settings.

Add a color filter through the “Display Accommodations” option.

And voila. You're gray.

Android users have a few more steps to go through.

If you do try it out, let me know how it goes. You might find a longer battery life (and some sanity) along the way.

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iPhone X: Setting The Precedent For Smartphones For The Next Decade

Set to become the first trillion dollar company, Apple never fails to out-do itself.

The iPhone X, not "x" but rather the roman numeral X, has been one of the top selling devices during Q4 of 2017 and is showing strong promise in sales during Q1 of 2018. Named in honor of 10 years of iPhone, the newest flagship phone from Apple packs some pretty insane features (queue in Samsung users stating they've had these features for years).

Rocking a six-core Intel processor, the A11 Bionic chip is like nothing seen on an iPhone. Powered by iOS 11, the iPhone X delivers high-end speed and performance that is unmatched. Meet the new Neural Engine; housed within the A11 chip, this dual-core chip processes all AI and machine learning tasks and is the driving force behind features such as face ID and Animoji.

Now the iPhone X removes the home button and touch-ID, one of the most beloved features of the iPhone, but can I say the home button is so last year. With gestures, the fluidity of the iPhone is unlike any devices on the market. Face ID is so fast and sometimes I feel as though there isn't even a password in my phone; yep, it's that fast. Now you can unlock your phone with a glance.

With a virtually bezel-less display, the iPhone X looks and feel incredible. Not to mention the OLED Super Retina display that complements the device perfectly providing a crisp picture quality.

To nobody's surprise, the iPhone X is rocking some incredible power when it comes to the dual camera system, now with optical image stabilization, on the back and even the front-facing camera. It’s been a staple that iPhone has the greatest camera but get ready for front facing portrait mode. Take selfies like never before.

With this phone you will get standard features like IP67 water resistant rating and some new ones including wireless charging, which is super convenient; I haven't plugged in my phone since I got it. The new dual L shaped battery, which is due to the new stacked logic board, gives you all-day battery life. Seriously, all day.

Paired with an amazing operating system iOS 11, iPhone X is one of the best, if not the best, device on the market and is 100 percent worth the money

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