As some of you may have come to find out, a week ago, my phone completely gave out on me. The battery broke down and never turned on again. For most people, not having access to a phone is probably the worst thing in the world, right? These days, a phone is seen as somewhat of a necessity to thrive... perhaps even SURVIVE. Fortunately for me, this is not the first time I've been without a phone , but I still managed to experience the 5 stages of grief. There was denial when I didn't really believe that my phone was REALLY that broken. Anger, at Apple, for being such a POS malfunctioning company. Bargaining with the people at said Apple Store, to basically give me a new phone because 'why not? Your company makes enough money anyway'. Depression when I realized that there really was nothing they could do to turn on the old one and I would lose all of my precious data, photos, and videos (also that no one could get in contact with me or vice versa). And then finally acceptance! 'Welp, guess I really don't have a phone'... Now what?
Now, for a person like me, there is nothing better to do than analyze this entire situation in a more philosophical manner! First of all, I took a look at the reason I was most upset, my data loss. Understanding the phenomenon of human loss is quite simple really. There is a point in our childhood development where we discover object permanence. The peek a boo game is a perfect example. As a tiny little newborn, someone simply hiding their face meant they were gone forever! Not until later on do we find out, they are still around but hiding. A little later on after that, we realize that some things, in fact, ARE gone forever, and that same earth-shattering devastation we had as babies is the same devastation we experience for anything else we lose forever. Even more interesting is that fact that I even trusted such a small computer-like machine with a bunch of my very important data, as well as the main form of my outside world communication. Sure, there is always "backing up", but then again, we can only trust that to a degree too. Imagine if Apple wanted to shut everything completely down one day; phones, laptops, etc. How screwed would we all be? We've grown so dependent on a product, that when the product is snatched away, all heck breaks loose.
I got a bit curious about what people even did back in the day without phones or even advanced technology. Before the convenience of cell phones, people just had to pick a time and place hours beforehand to meet up at an exact location. Before telephones in general, did they just go to each other's houses? Before modern transportation, all of that must've been a heck of a challenge! (They should really do a documentary on forms of communication throughout history. I'd definitely watch!) Putting all of our eggs in ONE proverbial technology basket and disregarding other forms, will surely force our dependency. Mostly everyone I've talked to about my situation has insisted I immediately run to get another phone. We as a society have seemed to make it so that cell phones are an absolute necessity. I'm still trying to see if I believe this...The cellphone debacle also got me thinking about how much of a conglomerate some companies are becoming these days. I remember back in the day (yes, I'm getting old) when there were PLENTY of cellular styles and providers to choose from. Nowadays, it's quite rare to see something other than an iPhone or Android. Some applications ONLY work on an Android or an iPhone, making it very hard for a person functioning in the real world to have anything other than either of these 2 kinds of phones. It's frustrating when you feel like you just don't have much of a choice, am I right? This is just one reason why small business should be supported as much as we can. Hopefully, monopoly is just a game you like to play for hours, and not something that will inevitably happen if we continue on this winding economical path. Google, for example, has been such a large company for quite some time now. Large to the point where I have absolutely zero idea how to even get in touch with (specifically, Adsense) customer service (seriously, try it). Where does that leave the consumer? Is the ball really in our court, or is it all up to them?
Eh, maybe I've just had way too much time on my hands to think this week...or maybe I really am on to something! I try not to become too dependent on one particular thing in life. I also don't just want to give in because of the insistence of necessity. All that being said, in this day and age, it takes a million years longer to get things done withOUT a phone, and it's much harder to keep up with everyone else who does. I just have to take it with a grain of salt ya know? I use to carry around a notebook all the time but stopped when I figured I could just type a note on my phone. Now I'm gonna start carrying that notebook again! With being able to text people at any moment on a cell phone, one might feel more free to change and/or cancel plans last minute. Why not just meet people at the time/place we say we will? Keeping earphones in our ears 24/7, and snapping incessant photos during events and outings truly does take away from being in the moment. While without my phone, I managed to go on a road trip all the way down to Virginia and meet up with my good friend. I also stopped in Washington D.C. going to a lot of the museums and experiencing everything without much distraction. Sure I had other phones to borrow, but it was nice to not feel like I had something glued to my hand.
I'm sure I'll probably get another phone eventually, but it's always nice to know I won't fall apart completely without one. It's a really weird thing to do, but I do like to try and convince people to sometimes go without their phones. Even for someone like me who isn't super dependent on my cell phone, I found it hard to mentally wrap my head around not having one whenever I needed. Not being able to check Instagram, my email, the weather, my bank account! Even though it has helped advance a lot, it can also become an addiction. All in all, just don't let it overtake you! It's good to stay aware of why we do the things we do, use the things we use, and know that even though things may help us further advance as a society, we should never forget the simplest forms of what really makes us all function. Let me know your thoughts folks!
P.s. I even managed to still put out a video this week! Probably the most convincing reason I will get another phone is for the camera and video. I could honestly PROBABLY do without texting.
P.p.s. Seriously though Google, get it together! I've been trying to contact someone to help me with my Google Adsense account for almost a year........
P.p.p.s. I do often wonder how many missed connections, pre cellphones, could've changed the world as we know it. What if one day Ben Franklin and Isaac Newton were trying to meet for coffee, but they got the address mixed up? We probably could've BEEN had cellphones!