I was hoping the crack would magically fix itself.
I noticed the side of my three-year-old iPhone coming apart, but the phone still worked just fine.
I went on like this for weeks, but then I took my phone out of my purse and the cracks were multiplying. Now the phone was bulging and I didn’t know if (a) it would hold together and (b) if it would still work.
I would have just kept going on like this (let’s just ride this paid off sucker to the ground!) but I was flying across the country the next day on a speaking trip.
Probably not the best time for my phone to break.
That day was hijacked by my phone. Packing for my trip would have to wait – I was off to the store to diagnose my phone’s problem: a swollen battery.
The fix would have to be fast…I needed my phone.
They said the fix would not be fast…I bought a new phone.
Our phones have become necessary commodities. On my trip, how would I contact the organizer if my plane was delayed? How would I let my family know I was okay? How would I text someone back about where to meet for an appointment?
(In reality, I could borrow a phone for the first two questions. The meeting up with people who are texting you would be a bit trickier)
If I didn’t have my trip, it probably would have been good to be without my phone for a few days. If anything, just to see that life goes on with or without an iPhone.
How about you?
Could you go a few days without your phone?
Researchers founds that in a study of more than 1000 students in 10 different countries, many of them could not go one day without their phones. They described feelings of intense anxiety and insecurity. They needed the phone to feel connected and safe.
Part of living a calmer life is being okay, with or without a phone.
Being inconvenienced because of a swollen battery in a phone is one thing. Being in a full blown state of panic is another.
Let’s use our technology to help us become more productive at work and more connected to others. But let’s not become so dependent that we’d get the shakes if we lost it or broke it.
It’s just not that important.