Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?
I feel a slight panic if I have driven off somewhere and suddenly remember the phone is home on the charger. How did I manage to survive those many years before the mobile device was in common use?
There was a time when we were frequently alone. No one would know where we were if we did not show up for dinner. Those days are over. When my grandfather was a boy it could take days or weeks to send someone a message. Now it takes seconds.
When I first met my wife 12 or so years ago we were having fun one day playing with our mobile phones. We were having a conversation on them as we stood next to each other. There was a short delay as the words went up to the satellite and came down again. Sound passed through the air a little quicker. It was an experiment. We enjoyed doing these when we were dating.
Two years ago I was very much overweight. But I noticed this very neat app on my phone that would connect with GPS and track a walk around the neighborhood. It played my favorite music and spoke about distances traveled and speed. It compiled stats about walks. And so I lost 60 pounds. My stomach no longer has folds in it when I stand up. It’s flat and pretty hard. The yearly blood test shows everything in a normal range. I can wear shirts and suits made specifically for thin people.
So this little device has pretty much saved my life. I love it. But it can still stay home once in awhile. Because it’s good to have time alone. Leave a message. I will get back to you.