I’ve been pondering this for quite a while, and I think I have decided that my cell phone has become a bit to ubiquitous in my life. Â I have become to dependent upon it for all sorts of things (sports scores, email, text messages, and even ~gasp~ phone calls amongst other things); and other people have become to dependent on it as a means to get in touch with me as well.
Part of my problem is that I don’t like the current (rather common) practice (of which I am sometimes guilty) of treating the person calling in as a priority over the person I’m having a conversation with. Â I don’t like putting people in front of me “on hold” for people who are calling; and I really don’t like being put “on hold” by someone picking up a call.
A bigger part is that I believe we as a culture (and I as an individual) have become too enraptured with technology and the speed it brings into our lives. Â I feel like instant access (to email, to the web, to people via text and phone) has become a bit of a rush, I’d like to slow down a bit… at least one day a week, anyway.
The biggest part, for me, is that I feel like time with people isn’t
really time with people anymore. Â I have caught myself in the middle of conversations with family and friends, checking my text messages or email because something came in, and there was a lull in the conversation. Â People do that to me all the time, and I hate it… so I’m sure I don’t get high marks when I do it.
So, what I’m thinking is this. Â On Saturdays, I’m going to turn my cell off and leave it in the bedroom (all alone and afraid… it’s not used to being without my company after all) and i’m simply going to interact with those in my company. Â I may turn it on once in the afternoon to make sure there are no messages that someone is in the hospital or anything. Â But, unless someone is, I will not be returning any calls or text messages.
If you are not part of my plans on a particular Saturday, you will not be a part of my world. Â If you are a part of my plans on a Saturday, you will be my entire world.
Yeah… I think thats what I’m going to do… the only real down side is that I’m going to have to start wearing a watch again…