I won't be able to attempt to get it fixed until Monday, considering it is 4th of July weekend on Cape Cod and driving anywhere is a complete nightmare. But my poor phone only has a 50% chance of coming back to life, so I may have to get a totally new phone. Which would mean I lose my contacts, pictures, and anything else I didn't back up to my computer (stupid me.)However the anger and desperation this incident caused me made me realize how dependent I am on my phone. I was raised around phones, got my first one in 5th grade, and had my first iphone by 8th grade. Without my phone I felt awkward, disconnected, and panicked, I didn't know what to do with myself. I began to see how much we use our phones as a crutch in every day life. I always find myself on my phone when I'm in public alone, or when I'm waiting in line, and without my phone I felt very uneasy in these situations. I will admit I even shed a few tears because I really did not know what to do without my phone, and I totally realize how pathetic it is, but it's reality! I didn't realize how much I relied on my phone until I no longer had it at my fingertips. My whole life truly is on there, my friends and family, my pictures, my music, my social media, and without it I feel so lost. It is mind blowing to me how a few decades cellphones didn't even exist, and now every person you see has one in their hand.
Though this whole ordeal has pissed me off to no end, it has also taught me a lesson. Maybe it's not so bad to take a break from your phone every once and a while. The phone obsession is a serious issue, and I will admit I am an offender. As a society we have become so dependent on our phones, that life without them seems unbearable. These past 24 hours I have not been able to function as I normally would, all because my phone is broken. I've taken some time to reflect on how much I use and rely on my phone and am going to make an effort to be aware of it and cut back. Not to say I'm not looking forward to having my phone back, but this temporary loss has showed me that I need to cut back. Put the phones down, and just seize the day. Stop worrying about texts and social media posts, and learn to be comfortable without the crutch of technology.
Have you ever had a broken phone? How did you feel without it? I think we should all notice how much we use our phones and not be afraid to leave them at home or turn them off once and a while!