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July 29, 2014

How long can you go without your phone?

This is a different type of post for me, but I figured it was on my mind, so why not? I just read this article about a man who wrote about his experience with giving up his smartphone for a week. Knowing how obsessed I am with my phone, I found it very interesting to read about someone else’s addiction to gadgets. My phone is like another limb—always attached to me and almost necessary to get through a normal day. How bizarre does that sound? Because it felt crazy writing it.

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On any given day, I use my phone to:

  • wake up (Iphone alarm tune “ripples” is pretty awesome to wake up to)
  • check the weather
  • listen to music on Spotify
  • check personal & work email
  • check facebook, instagram, twitter, and snapchat for social media bits
  • take pictures
  • use Waze as my GPS getting around town
  • read reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon
  • fetch the news from Zite
  • track my fitness activities with Fitbit
  • read blogs on Feedly
  • pay for meals with LevelUp
  • hail cabs with Uber / check subway schedules with Embark Boston
  • read on Oyster
  • TEXT TEXT TEXT
  • oh, and, sometimes make phone calls, the REAL reason we all have phones

That list is ridiculous and it barely scratches the surface of the apps I have. Let’s not forget about ESPN, Shazam, photo editors, and all my local restaurant reward programs. UGH! Sometimes I attribute my phone to anxiety and mental fog…

And selfies…oh selfies. For the most part they make my eyes roll, but sometimes they’re necessary for capturing funny moments when you’ve accidentally tucked your shirt a little too far into your shorts. #dingdong #excusemattsmessyapartment
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Times I’m not on my phone? Family dinners (for the most part), first dates, serious chats w/ friends, on an airplane, or when I’m asleep. I won’t even go for a run without the thing, because, well music, GPS, and safety…of course. Is this too much? Or is this typical for my generation?

Sometimes it’s funny, like when my roommate and I are texting each other brunch plans from the other room because getting up or yelling would be too much effort. I also had to laugh on Sunday when Bianca and I met for brunch we spent a solid 2-3 minutes snapping our plates just to instagram and tweet them to the universe. We joked about how we bloggers “understand each other” and “don’t mind eating cold food bc the picture is worth it.” But honestly, who doesn’t do that?

Would I ever give up my phone for a week? That’s a big fat NOPE. Do I feel a twinge of anxiety when I lose service on the subway or I’m on a call and can’t check my updates? Yup. Do I sometimes feel huge relief when I am out with someone that I’m more excited to be with than feel the need to constantly check my phone? Yup yup!

Discuss. How addicted to your phone are you? How long could/would you give it up for? And heck, while we’re at it, let’s talk about your new favorite app bc you know I’m going to immediately pick up my phone and download it once you tell me. 😉

 

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  • Oh boy, I am also very addicted to my phone. When we went on a cruise in June and didn’t have service for the majority of the trip. It was really eyeopening how many times I reached for it!! I have been trying to stay off of it more when I’m at home now but fail alot!! I don’t have any new apps but do love Waze and Yelp.

  • I’ve given my phone (and technology) up for a weekend here or there. It is really hard, but I always feel so refreshed afterwards. Plus, I get to make lots of memories with the people sitting right next to me.

  • I related to this post tooooo well. I think it’s most interesting to hear when people make a point of not being on their phones! I think I’d agree on keeping them away on dates, family dinners, and some friend dates. But otherwise I’m on it 24/7!

    That being said, I’m always surprised at how good I feel when I accidentally don’t use it for an extended period of time. Probably a sign that it’s an unhealthy addiction!

  • itzyskitchen

    Um…yes…totally addicted. I feel oddly lost without it! Hows the new place treating you??

  • Amanda

    I could easily give up my phone for a day or two or a week. I mostly use my phone for Spotify so I would miss my music, but I think I would manage without Instagram and conversations with friends at least for a little while. I don’t think it’s a problem that we always have the phone with us though, it’s so easy and quick to learn stuff, meet friends, find good places to eat, and to know where you are when you’re lost. The bad part is when I hang with friends and they keep texting with someone and ignores me. It makes me feel like I’m the most boring person everrrrr, and it’s a waste of time watching my friend text when I could do something else. But honestly, praise da lawd for smartphones <3

  • Amanda

    Also, I’m glad you’re back!! 😀

  • Anoushé

    Having all these apps on my phone make me more and more addicted, but since living in Munich, I have been better about it, as my Swiss phone (with all the apps) only works in Wifi. So I have been able to go a whole day not worrying about whether or not someone has texted me, whether I have any likes etc etc. I only use it for music on my way to work and back and thats about it.. as soon as I cross the border it’s a whole nother ballgame though.. my phone battery immediately dies cause I then just stay on facebook, insta, pinterest, snapchat and bloglovin…terrible

  • Laura

    I don’t have a smart phone, gasp! and neither does my man. We don’t really communicate during work hours (unless there is something we need to update eachother on) and we have no problem not looking at our phones for days on end. We actually get annoyed by our phones because they ‘interrupt’ our life at home. I work a desk job so I feel very connected during 9-5 hours and I’m happily ready to switch off when I’m away from work. I have started to really pay attention to how many people are on their phones everywhere I go. If they aren’t using it, it is sitting right beside them! I have been with friends who literally spend the whole time we are together on their phones and if they lose service they are so stressed. I know I am the minority for our generation, and I can appreciate why people love smart phones, but I’m happy to be “addiction free” 😉 This subject is fascinating to me so sorry for the long response. I really want to organize my thoughts for a post of my own!

  • Elise Nichols

    I’m on my phone 24/7! When I lived in Dallas I used the Yelp app all the time to check restaurant reviews and see who had the best drink specials. Oh and don’t even get me started on Instagram! I check that thing every 10 minutes I think!

  • Sheanna Caban

    I would totally give up my phone for a week. I barely use the thing. It’s nice.

  • You know you’re totally speaking my language! I feel naked without my phone.

  • It’s definitely hard to not have your phone right next to you. But sometimes I’ll leave it upstairs in our house so I legit “didn’t hear you call/text” and get away from it all for a while. And that’s usually when only my mom calls and freaks out that I don’t answer ha.

  • Biana Perez

    Love this post!! When we were in Europe we weren’t able to use our phones at all except for when we had WIFI and it was really liberating!! Both Gary and I were like – wow we are actually having wonderful conversations during our meals!! When we were back at the hotel we were crazy checking our phones for insta, email and everything! But hey that’s the world we live in now – but I think it’s nice to get yourself in check every now and again!!

  • Stacy G

    I love those shorts!!

  • Lea

    I do everything on my phone as you listed above, AND I have other baby apps that I’ve accumulated since H was born. We log every sleep/diaper/food/oz of milk on one app, then there’s the white noise app that was useful when he was an infant and other photo apps (10+ and counting for me)…..I barely use my phone as an actual phone anymore, it’s more of a mini computer that I used to organize my life. I also have the Project 365 app that I know is taking up too much memory on my phone but I can’t part with is because I’m too sentimental.

    So that goes to say….I can’t give it up for a week lol!

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