I know it was a short period - a very short period - but I admit having no phone was a serious eye opener for me.
I started to think to myself, what do people with no phone do? Do they have friends? Do they use other forms of communication like Facebook and Twitter instead? Since my phone was my lifeline to all areas, I couldn't help but think about the extreme joy that technology brings to my life on a daily basis.
This led me to realize that because of Facebook and Twitter, I was able to - in no time at all - reconnect with all the people that I had previously communicated with before I lost my phone. It only took me, like, 10 minutes. It was amazing!! THIS then got me thinking about how different life would be without having the luxury of using these sites to regain contact with my friends and family. I seriously couldn't have called my own bf if I wanted too - I never memorized his number (among MANY others).
The question I asked myself earlier today, was 'what would you do if you woke up tomorrow and Twitter and Facebook were gone?' 'How would you feel?' Terrified, was all I could come up with.
For Facebook, it's not as bad because I have mostly family and friends on there, people that I could find if I wanted too, either because they're on my phone or because they are my mom and dad and I know where they live. Of course I'd be sad that I couldn't creep photos of people that I knew in high school (don't even tell me you don't do this) and yes I would probably lose my mind over the fact that my 800+ photos were gone forever. Overall, I think I could survive the downfall.
So much communication with so many people from all over the world that I enjoy more then watching reality tv (so you know that means a hell of a lot). I take it for granted, and haven't made enough real life connections to say that losing that website over night would not have an impact on me. There's no other way I can talk to celebrities, find so many wonderful blogs, meet the people behind them, stay up to the minute (because that's how often I check it) on current events around the world, and then talk to the people that live there, about those issues. It's an amazing thing, and something that I have not had my fill of yet. Too many more amazing people to meet and converse with.
In reality, phones come and go, in my case, more 'go' then 'come'. The lessons learned are:
#1 - back up your contact lists, don't be a lazy schmuck like me
#2 - save your Facebook photos
#3 - if you really like talking to someone, tell them and figure out how to connect on other levels
#4 - (this one is mostly for me) don't bring your phone out with you when you go downtown
#5 - I love technology - keep it comin' smart people
I am no longer phoneless, but now feel as though I have a greater appreciation for my new little device and all the pleasure it brings. Steal the phone if you must, but don't you dare touch my social media. That is all.