The Perks of Being Phone-less


About a month ago, I had to go a little over 2 weeks without my phone due to it having technical difficulties. Initially it was only meant to be in repair for 7 to 10 days max but due to a few things that went wrong while in repair, it meant that I had to go 16 days without my phone. Now, I know some of you reading may scoff at this. I mean, 16 days is hardly a long stretch is it? It wasn't a month or a year (not sure how I'd cope with that!) but when you are without your phone, 16 days seems like a ridiculously long amount of time. It really does. It's only when you're without it,  that you realise how much you use it on a daily basis. What really worried me though, whilst I was without it was how dependant I was on it. How for the first few days, I felt a little lost. As a user of public transport, (buses to be specific)this feeling was only exacerbated whenever I'd grow tired of looking out the window and look around to see 99% of people on their phones or when a woman with a screaming baby get on the bus and I can't block the cries out with my phone and a pair of earphones.






It just made me wonder how people were like 25- 30 years ago when phone's like the IPhone or a Samsung Galaxy did not exist. A time where people were more sociable and spoke to one another and weren't so absorbed by a small piece of technology.  With that being said, they didn't have social media so they perhaps had no choice to be cordial and to indulge in conversation with the person sitting next to them. I'd be lying if I said social media didn't have it's perks because it does but I do think it plays a massive role in why we're so fixated on our phones. What came as a surprise though, was that I could actually see life without a phone, I'm not sure I'd like it but it certainly isn't an idea that scares me anymore. Being phone-less enabled me to take details of my surroundings and forced me to be a lot more sociable than I would be normally. By the time I did finally get my phone back I was over the moon! Understandably so. But I now try to minimise my usage of it so that it doesn't become my life or something that I am 100% dependant on. It can prove difficult, especially when we live in a world where our phones can do so much but when you get less dependant on it , you feel free in a way. It's hard to explain but it is sooo liberating and I feel better for it.


Ife x

8 comments

  1. This is a really great post! I love having breaks from my phone (especially social media) every now and again! It's so refreshing and really opens your eyes to everything and the atmosphere around you! I feel so much more appreciative of things! xo

    Hanney | www.blogabouthanney.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It's great isn't it?! I'm glad you agree! Xx

      Delete
  2. My phone broke and I had to wait for about a week to have it replaced. I don't think I would have missed it if my friend hadn't been going through a tough time and needed moral support.
    A Sparkle Of Grace

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great post! I totally agree that the dependancy on it is quite worrying and it's only once we can't use it that we realise just how bad it is. I'm a firm believer that social media is positive but obviously it has the drawbacks too when it's overused and not done in moderation. I mostly use it to speak with friends, it's hard to really connect these days otherwise. I don't know how I'd do with no phone for 2 weeks though! Thanks for sharing!

    Rumaanah // https://ruminvte.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I know! Yeah it certainly does..haha I don't know how I coped tbh! You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it!

      Delete
  4. It was only about 11/12 years ago that phones where you could listen to music on we're coming out, before then it was all about the Nokia 3310 (I got mine for my tenth birthday ahaha!). I think because we are so used to having smartphones that do so much for us now that it's difficult to not have it for a couple of weeks, but if you're used to not having one anyway you don't know what you're missing out on!


    Alybell | UK Personal Style and Beauty Blog

    ReplyDelete
  5. Aww that phone is iconic!I agree! It was so hard going out without it but I somehow survived! It taught me a valuable lesson too!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh yes, I am very much depended on my phone! I do think with social media, then people don't know how to communicate anymore person to person. Face to face. I imagine it would be very challenging with the future generation because that's all they are exposed to and know. The parents have to be the one to step in and set examples themselves by turning off their own phone sometimes or simply putting it away. That might help the younger generation to follow that path too.

    ReplyDelete

Professional Blog Designs by pipdig