Well, after many years of ridiculing people for dropping their mobile phones down the toilet, breaking them on an inebriated night out, and just general silliness karma appears to have caught up with me. Yes, on Saturday just gone I dropped my phone into some water. It was only in there briefly, but long enough to do some damage. Although initially seeming to be fine, the battery no longer charges. It has been sent away for repair, and I’ve been advised I could be without it for up to two weeks whilst the required diagnosis and work is carried out. (If indeed it can be repaired!)
This leaves me in something of a predicament, as I am now entirely without a mobile phone. Twenty years ago, before I’d got used to having one and depended on it so heavily for various things, this would not have phased me at all. Unfortunately now I rely quite heavily upon my mobile, as most people do, for keeping in touch with friends and family, keeping track of my social and working diary, as well as other functions.
This is fine when I’m at home, as I have my laptop and can keep in touch through Email, and social networking sites such as Facebook. Of course, sending someone a message on Facebook, or even by Email is not as instant as a text message or phone call, and once I’ve left the house I am not contactable to advise of changes to plans, or anything else until I have met up with someone else.
As well as phoning and texting, I tend to use my phone for:
- Checking Facebook and my Emails whilst out and about
- Listening to my music
- Playing games to alleviate boredom on long journeys
- Finding local services such as cash points/petrol stations and the like with Google Maps
- Getting directions to places I’m unfamiliar with, and making sure I’m going the right way
- Getting general information from the internet be it train times, or the answer to a random question that comes up in conversation.
Just in the last few days I have found myself automatically reaching for my pocket at regular intervals to get my phone out, only to realise that it isn’t there. Although something of an inconvenience, I’m trying to see this as an interesting social ‘experiment’ to see if it is still possible to integrate and function in modern society without having a mobile phone of some description.
So far I feel pretty cut off, and have that nagging feeling that I’ve been sent at least one important text/missed one important phone call.