I did something today that I hadn’t done in a very long time. I was in such a hurry that I left home and forgot to grab my iPhone. How liberating that has been. I usually take time to read news stories and articles, books on my Nook reader, play games (Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends, Ruzzle, Hanging With Friends, and a couple of others), and many other tasks. I write in my blog, pay bills, do research online, read emails, and all sorts of things. When I was in my all online grad school program, I would even use my phone to read lessons. I seldom use it for a phone. But I sure do a lot of others things. I found that I zone out from the world around me so deeply, that I don’t always know what’s going on.
So, I forgot it, left it on the night table by my bed. I realized it after I had driven about a half block from home. I could have gone back for it – have done so in the past – but I decided that I’d just do without. It really has been very liberating. Not having my phone in my hand all the time has been quite relaxing. Then, I came upon a news article on this very topic that highlights cell phone use. The article points out that the average person reaches for their phone more than 150 times each day. I can believe that. I think some people probably never put their phones down.
It’s been good for me not having it, though. Sure, I may have missed a few messages but so what? If you sent me a text, sorry. I’ll get back to you later. And I’m sure the only calls I got are nuisance calls (i.e., charities seeking donations, politicians looking for contributors, or businesses trying to sell me something). So, what did I really miss? Not much. I need to practice leaving my phone more often.