This weekend was a bit of a breaking point with me with my cell phone. Every time I received a text message or a call, I cringed. It didn’t matter the person on the other end of said text or phone call, I didn’t want to be bothered. Eventually I put my phone into airplane mode and disconnected from that piece of the world. For a few hours, I had silence and it was awesome.
Recently I wrote about my disdain for text messages, and now I feel like my disdain for cell phones is growing as well. Even as I walked through the Wal-Mart, and seeing people with their various earpieces in and talking loudly started to annoy me. And I used to be one of those people. My cell phone was practically an extension of myself. I was the person that held conversations while in line, I texted during dates and even took calls while sitting in the doctor’s office. But now, you’d be hard pressed to find me actually wanting to make a phone call, or even answer one.
According to Nielsen as of February 2012, almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones. This weekend I almost removed myself from those statistics. But could I really live without a cell phone? Am I that tied to the device that I could give it up cold-turkey? Unfortunately the answer is probably no.
Like so many other people, I don’t have a home phone, so I think before giving up my cell, I should probably have a back-up plan. But then I think of the countless times I’ve either ran out of gas or got stuck on the side of the road. Could I actually depend on a good samaritan to stop and help? I’ve helped my fair share of people on the highway, but I’ve never had anyone stop to help me, or even a police officer. Without a phone, I couldn’t call Geico for roadside assistance. There are other countless scenarios I came up with in my head this weekend, when I contemplated getting rid of my phone and apparently, I’m stuck with it.
Could you live without a cell phone? Have you ever tried to go a day without it?