This is part 2! (Here’s Part 1 of our dumb phone experiment.)
I’ve been reading an actual book in which I turn actual paper pages. I like it.
At Walgreens. I cannot get over the fact that I’m unable to look up reviews in store while I shop. Realized in this moment that I literally never buy anything different without knowing what other people think. I can’t believe I have to risk $4 of my hard earned dollars to create my own opinions. What a crap shoot.
Facebook, Instagram and now Twitter all know I’m not logging into their apps. I received my first email from Twitter today…”Here are some people we think you might like to follow!” Must. Resist. Temptation.
I used an actual clock on the wall to check the time. Ew. It’s like I’m living in the 90’s or something.
Pulled up a coupon from my email at the grocery store. Checkout lady “Ya, that’s just an email, You have to click the link to redeem it.” “Um, well I can’t.” “You just click the link.” “Yaaaaaaa…I can’t open it.” EMBRARRASSING.
My month long fast is over. Actually it ended 4 days ago, but I legitimately forgot. I’m going to keep forgetting because I like it.
Record battery levels today. Laid down in bed with 88% left. FIST PUMP.
Screw everything I once did to save battery. Turned my screen brightness on the absolute highest setting possible. Practically blinding myself in pure glee. I don’t even close my apps after loading them because why?
I downloaded some of the biggest time-wasting apps after day 50. I’ve had 10 days to see how I do with all my social media at the tip of my fingers. To my surprise, I spend less time on them. Maybe it’s because 50 days of not having these luxuries allowed me to form new habits. Or maybe I just see more value in the things happening around me, instead of the things on my screen.
This is Trent…and now I will give you what you clicked for, my thoughts…
Unfortunately I am not as diligent in note taking as Katie was/is. So while I had several funny/frustrating/interesting moments, I have basically forgotten all of them. I will have to take a more general approach I suppose.
- I wondered. Seemingly normal thing to do. But you don’t realize how much smart phones have killed the art of wondering/dreaming. I would be walking through the store and think “I wonder if the new drone regulations have been announced” (yes, I think that exact thought all the time) and then I would just wonder. Since I couldn’t just look it up and find the answer I just would spend a minute thinking about it. What could the new rules be? How will they announce them? etc… Turns out wondering is pretty fun, and I feel like it is probably really good for you.
- I was offended. It was almost like having an out of body experience watching people ignore me while they played on their phone. It was only weird because I was totally that guy. That sucks. Don’t do that. Sorry to everyone I did it to.
- I asked people questions. We have A LOT of questions everyday. I would venture to guess that about 80% of those questions could be answered with a quick google search. So, when you take away your phone you have to ask. It is pretty uncomfortable to get back into the habit of asking random people questions. And yes, most people have a look that says “why don’t you just look that up on your phone”.
- I had a bunch of free time. It is amazing how much time you can waste on a phone. It is equally amazing how much you can get done without a phone. This whole thing was worth it, if for nothing else just to realize that.
So where does this leave us? I use my phone less. I only download apps that are useful to accomplish something (banking, amazon). I don’t download apps that I could waste time on (Games, Facebook). I pay attention to people more, I am more present, I ask more questions, I think about stuff. Those are all good things. I would HIGHLY recommend that you try it. You won’t regret it.