8 years Without a Cell Phone and Doing Fine!
Monday, June 08, 2020
Living life without a cell phone is my personal choice and I realize a lot of people are not going to have the same perspective as I do. My personal experiences and interactions give me insight into making the decision to go cell phone less.
People continually ask my partner and I "How on earth do you manage without a cell phone"? For both of us, we made the conscious decision to get rid of cell phones because we really didn't need one. We survive sharing the "home phone" and can listen to messages on the answering machine hooked up to it. Utilizing technology via our laptops allow us to communicate via face-timing and sending messages via Facebook.
Neither of us work outside the home and we tend to be home bodies. We didn't socialize a great deal before Covid 19 so our lifestyle hasn't been impacted very much.
It must be 8 years since I owned a cell phone & I needed it to be accessible to my staff. After that job ended, the last thing I wanted was to be held hostage to a device. Now, the part I left out is that I have an addictive personality. It is difficult for me to turn it off or ignore it every time it makes a noise to get my attention. Prior to this I substituted texting to avoid being lonely and can admit that I was addicted to texting.
My biggest pet peeve is when others won't turn their cell phones off or put them away when we visit. I feel unimportant when our face to face conversation is interrupted and they give their attention to that tiny screen attached to the end of their arm.
"What are you going to do if you have an emergency" they ask. I make sure I am better prepared for "said" emergency. When travelling, I have items that will help me in the event of a breakdown. When going into the city, I have a bottle of water in my vehicle. I have an old fashioned map book and a modern GPS device I plug into my lighter in the car. In the event my preparations fail, I can ask for directions or for help.
In the 8 years of being cell phone less, I have not once regretted not having a cell phone. Oh yeah, and all the money I'm saving from not having to pay the high costs in Canada. For me being cell phone less represents freedom and not having anyone tracking my every move.