From time to time I see comments about someone being excited to go somewhere remote so they can turn their cell phone off or be “disconnected.” I am always baffled and slightly amused by these statements. When I don’t want to be bothered by my cell phone, I use a highly innovative procedure.
I turn it off.
Crazy, right? I follow a similar procedure when I want to be off of the computer or away from social media.
There was a recent meme going around on Facebook showing a bunch of bicycles piled on a sidewalk. The accompanying text talked about how this was how you knew where your friends were when you were a child. There is some implication that this element of a golden era is better than today with its cell phones.
Well, rather than riding around trying to find my friends, I can just text them. Or when they want to meet for a spontaneous lunch, I can get a call or a text, and we’re reunited. I’ll keep my phone, thank you very much.
I see a lot of complaining about social media. Ironically, those complaints are all on social media. Well, Facebook and Twitter changed my life! If it wasn’t for these two types of social media, we wouldn’t be living our current lifestyle. My life has been enriched by the connections I have online.
As we’ve been on the road for over 3 years, it’s been wonderful to be able to connect to people. When I’ve needed support, there were people who knew me to connect with. When I wanted to share a joy, they were there as well.
Skype enabled me to tell one of my best friends goodbye and that I loved him before cancer took his life. Facebook was how I knew things had taken an ugly turn to begin with.
If it wasn’t for the Internet, not only would I not be able to fund our life as easily, but I probably never would’ve met my son! He lived in a different county, and I only found out about him because of the Adoption Exchange website.
I use my smartphone a lot when I travel. It comes in super handy and has made traveling a lot easier really. I wouldn’t give it up without a fight.
The trick is not to let technology, social media, or anything else run your life. When you’re with friends or other people at a meal or around town, put and keep the damn phone down.
Unless you’re expecting an urgent text/message from someone regarding a loved one who is at the hospital. Then you have a good excuse.
Just because you have a smart phone doesn’t mean you have to be chained to it. If you don’t want to be on Facebook all day, sign off. Problem solved. Those Instagrams of Bobby’s lunch will still be there when you get back online.
Do you find it difficult to turn it off?