A week without a phone @EmmaBrianchon
When my cracked iPhone 5s screen decided to finally give out on me, I was
heartbroken. I knew the day would come, yet I was still not prepared. I
jumped out of joy to finally look at my lifeless phone on the ground and
thinking « oh god no, not now, please. »
Well… No money to replace right away, I decided to live without a phone
until I find a solution.
Which also meant no alarm clock in the morning. I somehow managed to
arrive – most of the time – in advance at school, with the fear to go back to
sleep and wake up hours later.
Luckily for me, not having a phone meant no Facebook, no Instagram, no
texting, but also, not mail reading …
But oddly enough, after a few days it really did get easier, and the craziest
part…I actually learned something.
First of all, it’s nice to take a break from the connected world. When I was
busy, I was busy. When I was unreachable, I was unreachable. I could
focus more on the things I was doing at the moment, and decide when I
wanted to be contacted.
No distractions from work. I had, for the first time in a long time, the last say
on when I wanted to read an e-mail or answer a text. Perfect excuse.
So I could focus on everything in a much easier way. I listened more, and
when I was on a task on my computer, I was doing it, trying not to be
distracted. I was less tempted to see what my friends, through the virtual
world, were doing or saying to me.
I could also focus way more on what I was watching. Before falling asleep,
To be honest, I really thought I would miss more from the Social Media
World. And actually, sorry to tell you that, but I didn’t miss much. Same old
articles and pictures on Facebook & Instagram, same interest for me in
them. Everything that was really necessary to know was told to me when I
was chatting with my friends, or calling via Messenger on my laptop. With a
bit of disappointment and a spark of relief, I missed nothing special.
I then realized that I don’t need to check my phone 3 times a day to know
what is on there, simply because I stopped caring. I read more, 2 books in a
week, and I looked at people much more in the transportation – yes, I was
the creep staring and smiling at people if I didn’t have the nose in my book –
What I did miss tho, is to be able to text, call or send pictures to the people I
love and who are far away from me. When I saw something or had
something happening to me, I wish I could have had 5 minutes to talk to
them. But well, in the night, when we called, we had much more to talk
about. So, I learnt to overcome this small issue.
What I am saying is not that I’m ready to give up on my Smartphone, I can’t
wait to have a new one, just because it’s really convenient to have any
data, any journey route, or just the clock, but that I can – and you can as
well – survive without constantly looking at your screen.