No, I’m not a musician doing an accoustic set. Instead I’m a guy who has had to do some serious budget downsizing, which included dropping my cell phone when the contract ended.
I’ve been without it for almost two weeks now, and I still have phantom phone syndrome. I’m not just a cell phone user, I’m a smart phone addict. I don’t make many calls, but I check e-mail constantly, read reviews of that wine I’m thinking about buying on the internet, manage three Twitter accounts, take photos, check Facebook, and generally get the most out of my unlimited data plan.
Well, I used to. Now, I actually have nothing to do when I’m waiting in the car, standing in line at the store, or riding in the car. (Passenger side of course…I learned my lesson about driving and texting and am a reformed sinner. Except at red lights.) Fact is, I’m not only a social media fanatic, but it’s my job. I’m the Director of Communications and Web Media for an IT company here in Phoenix, and it’s my responsibility not only to build our online profile, but to help our clients to do the same.
That said, it’s been kind of nice to be unplugged. I pay way more attention to people when they’re talking to me. I notice the scenery. I observe human behavior like I used to, instead of just tuning it out. And I’m beginning to notice an increase in my memory, which had begun failing me prematurely. (Perhaps good software really does make us stupid!)
The next thing to go will be cable television. I’ll keep Netfix