Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hold the Phone.

Today I committed one of the biggest crimes. I talked on the phone, I set the phone down, I did some stuff, I left to pick my sister up from the car dealer in an area I was unfamiliar with, I reached for my phone to look for directions, and realized: I forgot my phone at home.

Since I was already too far into my drive, I forged ahead for what felt like forever. First of all, traffic in the morning was just that: traffic. So after feeling a little bit of panic for each slow mile I drove, I tapped into my memory to try and figure out where this place could be. Suprisingly, I got there to find my sister in the waiting room, ready to kill greet me. 

For the rest of the day, I lived without my phone.  No checking for texts from the boyf, no playing phone cribbage on break, no looking at my email even though I already checked it on the computer. What's worse is that I wanted to meet my friend at her new place, so I had to find her on gmail and get her phone number because, yeah right, like I remember a phone number that has an out-of-town area code. Then I had to write the number down (with a pen! on paper! OMGah) and borrow phones and the calls didn't go through and I didn't end up meeting her.

I couldn't even send illegal texts if I wanted to. And this frustrated me almost all day long. Even though I spent the majority of my day plugged into my computer for work, I still felt deprived. 

So is being plugged in all of the time a good thing or a bad thing or somewhere in the middle? I am constantly checking all of my seven-thousand social media sites and finding that not much has changed. Even more, when the internet tubes are tied up and not properly operating at the speed of light, I mildly freak out. Do you stay plugged in for most of the day? Do you ever find yourself checking your phone when you can barely lift your eyelids? Why?

Technology is only advancing and soon we're going to have chips in our brain that read our thoughts and post to Twitter. Just kidding. Kind of.

But honestly, how much is too much? Is there such a thing?

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I find unplugging refreshing. I don't really know when we all started expecting everyone we know to always be available to us but sometimes it's exhausting.
    Plus, I'm sort of glad you didn't see the kitchen yesterday in all it's grungy glory. It makes a much better first impression with a coat of paint :)


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