I unfortunately lost my phone last week. Despite my hopefulness that it would reappear, it has been 10 days and still no phone. When I first lost it the first thing that went through my head was, “How am I going to survive without my phone?” I mean, I’ve relied on my phone for absolutely everything. I use my phone as a distraction in awkward situations, I use it to check the time, to set alarms, to pass time in class, to mindlessly scroll through social media. I thought I was going to completely lose my mind.
Without a phone, I have to use my laptop to stay in contact with people. Other than that, I walk through campus actually admiring the beauty of my school. I smile at people on elevators or on the bus instead of blocking my face with a tiny screen. I’ve learned to appreciate my time without a phone. I’ve been getting more work done, more sleep, and more interaction with my campus.
We are so reliant on our phones that we don’t live for the moment. We are more concerned with what is happening with the faceless world behind our screens, that we don’t take the time to truly appreciate everything around us. Think about it, we take any opportunity to take out our phone and stare at it to avoid interaction. I would take out my phone for 30 seconds on an elevator ride whether it was to “pass the time” or to avoid interacting with other elevator riders. Now that I think about it, it’s completely ridiculous.
Another thing I’ve learned to appreciate is being alone. With our phones always by our side, we’ve learn to take on a cyber life that follows us each second of the day. We’re never alone with our phones because we are always connected with friends and family through the cyber network. I remember whenever my phone used to die, I would panic and immediately rush to look for a charger. There’s this dependency that comes with having a phone, almost like an addiction we didn’t realize we had.
I thought I would feel helpless without my phone, but I’ve actually begun to enjoy the past few phoneless days. As corny as it sounds, it’s like a breath of fresh air and I could honestly say that I’m happy about this little break. I’m happy that I’m more focused in class, more aware of my surroundings, and getting better sleep. This has taught me to appreciate life in the present, and not to be glued to a tiny screen. Life is too short to spend most of your time in a cyber world.