We recently took a trip to Michigan which just so happened to be the most refreshing trip I’ve had to Michigan since moving away. I owe that in large to the fact that I turned off the email to my phone. And I left it in my bag. Unless I was expecting a call to coordinate a meet up (and sometimes even then) I was blissfully unaware of my phone’s locale.
It was the best. Not being tied to my emails. Not feeling like I had to answer every call, every text. Liberating. Don’t get me wrong. I love my phone. I have the iPhone 4, and I love it. I love that I can keep up with emails and communication when I’m not at home. I love that I can check Facebook when I’m bored waiting in line somewhere. I love that I can snap a quick photo and have it at my fingertips whenever I need to show it off.
But after coming home and feeling that inevitable, invisible tether return, I have realized that I loved being away from it. And I’ve been stepping away from it “after hours” more and more. I’m planning on breaking that chain before my son arrives and learns how to check a phone for texts before he learns to say “Daddy.” So if you don’t hear from me quite as frequently in the evenings or on the weekend, I’m sorry, but I’m enjoying life without constant technology. I hope you can forgive me.
What do you think, would you turn your phone off? Or leave it behind? Or are you the type of person whose battery is on low at the end of the day (nothing wrong with that, I definitely have days like that)?