You Won’t Believe What People Will Give Up for Their Cellphones

baby with iphoneIt never ceases to amaze me, the things people are willing to give up in order to hold on to their phones. The latest survey findings? Oh, you know, just that the good folk of America are willing to ditch things like sex, exercise, hot showers, toothbrushes, caffeine, and alcohol if it means hanging on to their cellphones. You people are cray-cray!

The reason I say "you people" is because I'm not addicted to my phone. I like it, I think it's cool, but I'm not addicted to it. Don't believe me? I just went eight whole days without it.


Impressive, huh? Well, before you let your jaw hit the floor in disbelief, I should tell you that I was on vacation. In Europe. And in order for me to use my phone, it would have been a bit of a process. Not like a DMV process, but an I would have had to switch up a few settings and pay extra money process. And my love of cash will always supersede my love of the iPhone.

It was intentional, though. Before my husband and I left, we made a vow to forgo the technology (save for iPods on the beach). We wanted to go old school -- look at actual maps, talk to actual people, read actual guidebooks. And we did it! And it was magnifique.

The only way I can put it is I felt human again. There wasn't the nagging, and totally unwarranted, feeling that I had to be checking my email or Facebook while I was sitting around. It's actually okay to just sit around! We observed -- no, really observed -- while we were out sightseeing. We stumbled upon a couple great restaurants because we got lost. And when we got home at the end of the night, bellies full, wine sloshing around in our brains, it was nice to read two paragraphs of Keith Richards' Life -- the actual copy -- before passing out with it spread across my chest.

Of course I know this is not a realistic way of living -- phoneless and computerless in Paris and the South of France (though Hemingway did it!). But it was a lovely reminder that there really are so many better things than phones and iPads and MacBooks. And I wouldn't trade them for anything.

What would you give up for your phone?

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