I Gave Up My iPhone
I really did it.
I gave up my iPhone.
And now it has been over two weeks since I sold it.
You may be asking, “why would you do such a crazy thing?”
Well, my rationale was that I wasn’t using my iPhone as an actual “phone.” Barely anyone called me. Except for those cruise people. Apparently, I was winning a trip to the Bahamas almost on a daily basis. And I got to a point where I did not even answer my cellphone when it rang. I just thought it was the ship calling me again. But because I stopped answering my phone I started missing important phone calls.
You see, I really only used my iPhone to text or to check what was going on in Facebook world and Twitter land. Then, I got into Instagram and grew a love for sharing my uninteresting pictures. Plus, I could check all four of my email accounts in one place (yes, I have a lot of email addresses, especially because of my contract work). I would only go on the Internet using our home wifi or hotel wifi if we were out of town. That iPhone was a pretty handy little device!
So I asked myself, why do I have this phone if I never even really use it as an actual phone? Why am I spending about $50/month for it when I don’t need to be?
People were shocked when I said I was giving up my smartphone. Especially since I am a blogger and bloggers need to be connected all the time. Well, not ALL the time but it sure can feel like it. I was shocked too.
You see, the iPhone was constantly attached to my hands. I would check it first thing in the morning while eating my oatmeal. Then again part way through the morning and again at lunch. You see my point. I was even checking it throughout my kid’s extra curricular activities. It was just a constant thing that I felt I needed to pick up and look at. It started to pull me in and drag me deeper and deeper into the abyss. I know I need to learn more life vs technology balance. I thought the best way to do achieve this balance was to cut it off cold turkey at first. Maybe not the best decision I ever made.
Someone contacted me and actually wanted to buy the iPhone. And she did. She followed through. I had many people say they wanted to buy it but backed out. I was getting to a point where I was almost convinced I would keep the phone.
As part of my original plan I was going to replace the iPhone with a tablet. I bought one but it was not working properly and had to send it back. So, I don’t have any other devices to access the Internet except for the laptop and the desktop computer (which is located in the dungeon).
Do I miss it? Heck yes! It was so easy to just pick up and check out what everyone was doing. Being a stay at home mom it was my way of connecting with the world outside of my home (especially since we have been experiencing two months of -40 to -50 degree below weather).
There are days when I miss the ease of sharing my boring photos or tweeting with friends. What I miss most especially is texting with my brother. It was my main form of communication with him. So, I may need to just get a simple cellphone (are there such things anymore?) just to do that. And maybe to ease my dad’s mind.
What I do not miss, the constant pull I felt to pick up my phone and check it. Although, that has somewhat been transferred to my laptop. But that is neither here nor there.
Sometimes I think our world is a little too connected. I remember going out one night with a bunch of girl friends who I had not chatted with in a long time. I sat at the table and tried to have a conversation with them. Out of about eight of us, only two of us were not constantly on our smartphones. I understand that if you have kids at home you may want to occasionally check in. Being a mom myself I figured I would only check my phone a couple times throughout the evening, otherwise it would spend the rest of the evening inside my purse or jacket pocket.
I was originally going to challenge myself to see if I could make it a year without a cellphone. That may be a pipe dream. I can honestly say that I am sure I will not last that long. However, as time goes by I find that it gets a little easier to live without it.
The other side of me wants to cave… and soon.
Would you give up your cell or smartphone?