At the prompting of a friend, I decided to spend an entire day without using my cell phone. I also banned the use of tablets and televisions.
For many people this would not be a big deal. But because I am addicted to my cell phone, an entire day unplugged from technology sounded like a tall order.
I did survive no cell phone Saturday and here are three of my observations about the experience.
1. I am bad a waiting
I am bad at waiting for anything. Whether it’s waiting for water to boil when I’m making dinner or waiting in a theater for the lights to go down so the movie can start, I don’t know what to do with myself when there are periods of time where I am waiting for something else to happen.
When I am in a situation where I must wait for something, my first instinct is to go to grab my phone and start surfing my aps for entertainment. But that is against the rules of no cell phone Saturday.
In the case of the movie theater, instead of perusing the Internet on my phone, I actually looked around the theater to watch what other humans were doing. They were mostly looking at their phones.
2. I need a watch
This was maybe the most annoying part of not having my cell phone. If I was in a restaurant or a store and I needed to know what time it was, I was out of luck because I don’t own a watch.
I use my phone as a watch and an alarm clock so without it, I never know what time it is or when I need to get up for the day. I actually asked someone the time while at a store. The woman I asked checked her phone and gave me the time along with a confused expression.
3. I felt alone without my cell phone
I did feel like I was on some sort of island-cut off from the world when I didn’t have my phone. I remember driving down the road thinking about what would happen if I were to get in a wreck? How do I call for help?
That was probably the most unnerving part of not having a cell phone, that if the worst happens, I don’t have any means of contacting reinforcements.
Actually, not having a phone for an entire day wasn’t too awful. I feel like I was more aware of what was going on around me and I also feel like the experience helped me really appreciate technology. It’s a blessing but sometimes we could all use a break.
Contributing author, Jewel Jones was raised in the trucking industry. Her father started Meadow Lark, a freight logistics and trucking company, 30 years ago. Today, Jewel’s sister, Mandy, owns Meadow Lark Companies, and together they founded the first and only work wear clothing line just for truck drivers, Over the Road Apparel. The goal of Over the Road Apparel is to improve the image of the American truck driver and to help drivers everywhere succeed and enhance their careers. Jewel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.