I did the unthinkable today … I forgot my phone at home! It was too late to turn back, so I had no choice but to go ahead without it … sounds so tragic right? I almost make it sound like an important organ of the body but unfortunately that is the role a phone plays in our lives these days! I must admit, though the day felt incredibly weird to start out with, I actually felt more free without a phone .. It gave me a chance to explore and observe more .. Based on these very same observations I was convinced my next post had to be about ‘annoying phone habits‘ … Here is how my day went …
Heads up about heads down:
I was waiting for my friends to arrive for lunch, and as I looked around I realised quite a few people were walking aimlessly with their heads down, glued to their phones, typing away and only stopped when they bumped into something or someone … is that how ridiculous I looked when I did the same?
Note to self: the phone needs to stay in the bag while walking!
Catch up with friends … not social media:
I was starving by the time my friends arrived and couldn’t wait to order. But wait, first we had to take a mandatory selfie of ourselves, then the food, post it on social media, and then keep track of all the ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ it received. There was nothing more annoying than the sound of the phone beeping each time we tried to have a conversation …
Note to self: the phone needs to stay in the bag while lunching!
Think before you …. Google:
As we had lunch, we could not remember the name of a restaurant a friend had recommended … Instead of forcing ourselves to think, the phones were out again asking Google to do that instead! I know it is extremely annoying when we can’t remember something but we can at least try and give the brain a chance before Google …
Note to self: the phone needs to stay in the bag while thinking!
Lets watch a movie … on the big screen:
The plan was to watch a movie next, and just as the final ad had played about keeping mobile phones on silent, it only seemed to have reminded a few that they had not checked their phones in the last few minutes! Nothing more annoying than bright phone screens in a cinema, followed by the occasional ‘what did I miss?’ as texting got in the way!
Note to self: the phone needs to stay in the bag while watching a movie!
Capture the moment ….. in your mind:
We decided to watch the fountain show before calling it a day .. though I have seen it many times before (can never get bored of it), this was perhaps the first time I had seen it for real and captured the moment in my mind and not my phone! There is so much more you get to see, when you do not just limit yourself to what the phone screen allows you to see …
Note to self: the phone needs to stay in the bag to capture a real moment!
Now that I am back home and have been re-united with my phone, am actually looking forward to going through all the messages, updates,blogs etc after a whole day instead of every 10 minutes or so … makes me value them a lot more!
Until the next post, you can now take your phone out of the bag and tell me about the phone habits that annoy you … 🙂