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Kat: Unplugged

Okay, so not completely unplugged.  I’ve spent the week sitting in front of a computer all day, but I have been without my phone.  It broke on Monday morning and my replacement doesn’t arrive until tomorrow . . . I’m hoping.  I’m not gonna hold my breath on that one, but my fingers are definitely crossed.  Surprisingly, being without a phone for a week hasn’t bothered me nearly as much as I thought that it would.  I learned a couple of things though.

  1. Contrary to popular belief, there have been no dire emergencies and the world did not end when I was without a computer to stay connected. Crazy I know!
  2. When I’m by myself in a public place, I use my phone to avoid interacting with the world around me. Instead of enjoying the breeze or watching the shadows play on the side of a building I recheck my email for the tenth time that hour. I kind of wonder how much of life I’ve missed out on?
  3. I obsessively check my texts, email, Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’ve almost given myself whiplash from constantly reaching for my phone to check . . . yet again.
  4. Despite that, not once I have I had something to say to someone, that it couldn’t wait until I got home or back to my desk at work.
  5. Nobody gives a crap that I haven’t “Checked-In” anywhere in the past week.
  6. I can get places and meet up with people without GPS or texting.  We kicked it old school and showed up at the appointed time and looked for each other!
  7. I’m more relaxed. Since there is no way for me to respond to anyone immediately, I don’t stress about needing to respond to someone immediately.
  8. It is kind of liberating not being available every second of every day.
  9. A small part of me hopes that my phone gets delayed for another day or two.
  10. Once it does arrive, I think I’m going to start turning it off instead of just putting it on silent when I arrive places. Life exists outside of my smart phone.

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  • :Donna Marie

    Kat, I think about this on a regular basis—and that’s exactly the thing that has us addicted more than anything—the immediacy. It’s the convenience of being able to contact or be contacted without having to find a phone or wait. I’m grateful for that aspect of it, but the problem is that communication has become SO easy and immediate, people do it more than they have to. It’s interfering and CAN keep us from other things in life 🙁 I’m a fan of many things being unplugged, especially books, people, in general, would be happier with a lot more old-fashioned, pre-computer time spent.

    • Kat Michels

      I think the trick is finding the balance. Using your smart phone, jumping on the computer, making your connections and doing your thing, but then being able to disconnect, walk away and be present with the people and things around you. That’s my new goal, to find a better connected/unconnected and immediate/delayed gratification balance!

      • :Donna Marie

        Actually, it’s not that I’m disconnected from the people or things around me. It’s more the dependence on it all now. I resent it, that so much of our lives is tied to how we communicate in this way 🙁 It’s like anything else—a love/hate relationship. Right now, because of my FINALLY jumping into social media, I’m way too interested in too many things (I’m an info addict), and I easily get caught up in conversation (so typical of me both plugged AND unplugged lol), so I need to figure out how to scale it all down to allow time for the many other things I need to do—including REAL writing 🙂

  • Amanda Friedel

    I love it!!! Being without a phone is unnerving… but then you realize it’s not required to be a part of the world.