Life Without a Phone

On Friday I went into the ocean to test the waters, fully clothed and only up to my knees, when an errant wave attacked me from behind, soaking me completely and getting salt water into my phone.  Although it was not fully submerged, my phone started vibrating erratically, and then turned off.  Forever.

I drove to the phone store for advice.  I put it in a bag of rice for three days.  I held a prayer meeting for it.  But, as the guy at the AT&T store told me, salt water + iPhone =  instant death.  So now I have no phone.

Life without a phone is strange.  Since the phone is only a month old and I had to renew my contract for 2 years to buy it, a new identical phone would cost me $675 (and honestly, even if I did have $675, I would not spend it on a phone), so I am not going to buy a new one.  I’m not sure what my plan will be going forward, but for now I just don’t have a phone, and it is at once liberating and frightening.

I have read many articles online (sent to me by my wife) explaining to me how smart phones rewire our brains, and we become addicted to them.  It is totally true.  Every time I check my e-mail, or my facebook, or my blog stats, I get a little jolt of happy brain, and so I tend to check my phone as often as possible, sometimes without realizing I am doing it.  But with my phone gone, I find that I have a lot more time to do other things, like mope about the loss of my phone.

I am definitely going through some sort of withdrawal.  I have been phone-less for 4 days now, which seems like a short amount of time when I type it here, but it feels like an eternity.  I keep thinking I feel my leg vibrating where my phone used to sit in my pocket.  I reach for my phone constantly before remembering that it is not there.  I am vaguely sad all the time.  It kind of makes me not want to have a phone at all anymore, seeing what it has done to me, but on the other hand, if you don’t give me your phone right now, I will cut you.

The most ironic thing of all is that the one thing I don’t really miss is, you know, the phone part.  I don’t actually use the calling people function all that often.  Over the past four days I have maybe wanted to call someone once, but I have wanted internet access, the camera, or the GPS many times, and cried a little inside when I could not have them.  O brave new phone!  That had such features in it!

I suppose I can’t really function forever without a phone.  People will need to get in touch with me eventually.  But for now, I am trying to learn to live without my third arm.  Maybe I’ll go outside.  Maybe we could go for a walk or something.  Except it’s raining.  Well, let me just check the weather for the afternoon.  I have a weather app that…..  oh.  right.  *sigh*

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