It’s become a habit for most people to just take out their phone, hit a button, and check to see if anyone has text messaged you, e-mailed, posted something on Facebook, or re-tweeted you on Twitter. I know I do this countless times a day, but I’ve never really noticed it until recently when I lost my phone. What in the world was I going to do? How was I going to communicate with everyone? How had I become so dependent on technology that not having my smart phone on my hip was an issue for me?
Smart phones have an amazing amount of good uses. You can check your bank account balance in a few seconds. You can make a payment on your credit card, keep up e-mail correspondence with your boss, see the latest traffic and news updates in your area, use GPS for directions; the list goes on forever! But it is always important to have a back-up plan. Most people in their twenties have no idea how to balance their checkbook because you can do everything online. I like to keep a road map book in my car. I honestly have never used it, but one day, I really might need to.
It seems ages ago that there wasn’t an iPhone, Droid or Samsung Galaxy. But the truth is, it’s only been a little over a decade since people started carrying smartphones. The 1990s became a period of time where the early cell phones developed, but they only had basic features. As soon as the smartphones came out, the technology exploded and has progressed exponentially in the past decade. There is not much cell phones cannot do these days, and the few things they are missing are not far from becoming reality.
How ironic it is, that since technology has taken over a good part of our lives, everything is put on the internet. How someone is feeling can easily be found on their Facebook page. But is it possible that by relying on technology for communication has made us less personal? We may know who is in a relationship with who, and what they did last night because of the fifty pictures that were posted, but that information stops us from calling that friend just to see how they are doing.
I associate less technology in my life with my childhood. I played with friends more, ran around outside, and got more exercise. The day I lost my phone, I decided to do just that. The fresh air felt wonderful, and I did not have a tiny metal square in my pocket distracting me from enjoying the scenery and the friends I urged to come with me, cell phone free. Obviously it is good to have a phone with you at all times, in case of an emergency. But once in a while, it feels liberating to turn the power off and disconnect for a while.