I am back and fully-connected again. I would like to summarize a few reflections I have had after these 5 months without a phone. Everyone seemed surprised every time I told them I didn´t have a phone anymore.
I didn´t decide to kill my phone. I had a Samsung Mini S3 and last October it suddenly stopped working. I spent some hours using my tech skills trying to figure out what was wrong, I disassembled it, but nothing, it didn´t work. During the first week I was a little bit worried, I had the feeling I was missing something, and it is crazy to have this feeling; it is just a piece of plastic and chips. There are lots of more interesting things in life than a phone to be worried about! Well, anyway, being without a phone gave me a better feeling of freedom and appreciation of the time and environment around me. I also learnt how to balance my time.
Moments where I used my phone the most:
- Train journeys, work journeys
- Coffee time
- Family and friends time
- Waiting time, events, street, home
I have always been very punctual and the fact being without a phone forced me to be so even more. The problem starts if the person you are meeting is running late, there is no way you can know, so I have had some bad situations.
The truth is that we are not fully disconnected. I just learnt how to balance my tech time consumption. All social networks, whatsapp messages, facebook messages, tweets and so on, were just checked at home at night or during weekend. I must say my interest decreased as I realised how irrelevant at all is.
Think of all those situations where without you realizing it you open your phone and you slide screens or open and close apps without any specific goal. Not having a phone helped me to avoid this stupid situation and just look around.
Your efficiency at work increases because you don´t have any distractions and during the office lunch you are forced to establish conversations with work colleagues which is good. The problem arrises when everyone is looking at their phone and you are the only one without a phone, so you don´t know where to look.
I know it is not the most important thing but it was good, I enjoyed and I learnt, but we are living in an interesting time period. Most of the days I’d rather keep my phone at home unless I know I am going to meet some friends.
- Being disconnected
- We overuse the phone, it is a tool to make our life easier but sometimes it becomes the focus of our life, everything happens on that small screen and we lose sight of our environment.
- At the end the formula is “balance”
- Of course not having a phone isn’t the solution, you miss the fun part and the advantage of being connected with the world 24/7 , or what is most important, family and friends. When you live abroad, being connected helps you share specific moments in real time with people you love, so it is like having them beside you.
- Downside. I couldn’t google things when I wanted to know them
Hope to cover more interesting things in the next post, this is just a reflection out loud! But it is a good exercise, at least try it for a couple of months, you won’t regret it.
Have a nice weekend!