My phone due to a trip down the toilet in May last year has never been quite the same. I did manage to save it via the old rice method of hiding it in a bin of rice for a couple of days. But it was never the same again. It wouldn’t switch off at all which is fairly frustrating. But our work phone contract was half way through and the cost to repair was expensive so I got used to it knowing that a new contract would be round the corner in 2014. But on Saturday Fiona Drane klutz with technology had another accident and this time the long suffering phone had had enough.
I was lucky I quickly phoned Vodafone and they said they would have a new phone by Tuesday. Now that is good customer service. But my first thought was Tuesday? I need it now within the hour at least. This is when I realised that I had a smart phone addiction. Four days. Only four days to last without a phone how hard could it be?
Well I spent the first day reaching for the phone. Now this is madness it was a Saturday. Why do I need a phone so much on a Saturday? Answer I don’t. Sunday was better three of us were home two with phones so I was able to phone my son who was away at his grandparents and I didn’t need a phone for any other reason. Sunday was also the day I rationalised it. Monday was the day I realised that working from home without a phone is very difficult. We have given up on the home phone finding only sales people use it so we have given the answering machine the joy of dealing with those calls. So no phone trying to work a challenge. In the afternoon I was picking up my son and was away for three hours. I spent a great deal of it wondering who had emailed, who was saying what on Facebook, who had tried to phone me. Madness total madness. Do we need to be switched on 24/7? No. Tuesday I was much more calm again maybe as the new phone was on it’s way and I was able to be on – line via my laptop. Tuesday Night new phone and SIM were working and because of the iCloud my new phone looked like my old phone. I was on the phone again. But I had learnt some lessons.
1. I spend too much time on my phone especially at the weekends. Now that I have a phone that switches off I am going to use the switch off button far more.
2. A phone is essential for work but that doesn’t mean that you need to be on the phone 24/7.
And far more importantly when the new phone was switched on was there lost of messages? Lots of missed calls? Tellingly there wasn’t. I missed not being able to talk to two folks in particular. My parents and most importantly my husband. I am used to talking to both often and I really missed that. But apart from that life is for talking to people face to face and enjoying it. This has been brought home to me today with the utmost clarity when a life has been extinguished which shouldn’t have been. Phones have their place but people and especially the people you love the most they are far more important that the virtual phone world.