March 12, 2015

SOL12: A Day Without My Phone

When my alarm rang this morning, I didn't have a job for today, which hasn't happened since January. Of course, getting all that work is AWESOME for me, financially, but I REALLY wish school started later in the day. I wish the districts around here would jump on all the research indicating how late-start schedules lead to better learning. Sleeping-in is hands-down my absolute favorite thing about weekends, so I was kinda excited about the fact that I could turn off the alarm and go back to sleep.

Except that I got called-in just six minutes later. Those six little minutes, though, had a HUGE impact on my morning! It was enough that I ended up walking out the door with wet hair, a disgusting lunch that I couldn't even eat, no breakfast, no tea from Starbucks, and NO PHONE!

Does anyone else feel completely naked without access to their cell phone?

I'll admit that I even had a slight moment of panic about how I would get through the day without my phone. I mean... how would I entertain myself at work (my classes watched The Little Rascals today) without access to Facebook and Instagram? 

And then I realized I wasn't going to be able to call my boyfriend to tell him because I can't remember his number.

Because it's 2015, and I couldn't even tell you the last time I had to dial his number into any phone. Probably when I added that contact information!

Thankfully, I remembered that I have a (really old and temperamental) iPad in my bag. Hello, Facebook!

But then all through the day, I realized how dependent I've become on my phone because I kept finding myself in need of things I couldn't fix without a phone. And then I would think about what I had to use in the past for such things. 

We definitely had to be better planners when we didn't have access to smartphones. Need directions? MapQuest the address and print out the map before you leave! Need the time? Wear a watch our buy a clock (and, for my students, learn to read one)! Want to call your boyfriend? Memorize his number!

Thankfully, I made it through the day unscathed! 

But nothing important that I had missed. Not an email, text, or phone call. Nothing. Apparently I'm much more important in my head than in reality. 

And now I'm painfully aware that I have an iPhone addiction and probably need some sort of intervention. From all technology, really.

It's a good thing it's finally getting warm because I think I need to spend some time outside!


  1. I am addicted to! I totally understand how you feel about feeling naked without it. I try to force myself to unplug at night before bed, but it's hard. #thestruggleisreal :)

  2. I use to detest the phone, however, I'm now as addicted to my phone like he!��

  3. I totally know what you mean! I am a mess without my phone and feel the same way. Since I gave up facebook it's not even on my phone and I think I'm going to keep it that way after lent's at least one step in reducing the addiction, anyways! :-)

  4. Loved this post and was smiling at so many different parts. Were you at all tempted to just not answer the phone when it rang 6 minutes later (or to turn your phone on silence when you turned off the alarm)?