3 thoughts on “Forgetting Your Phone And Remembering Your Life

  • May 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I hate the phone! I am to shy talking on it!

  • May 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I was one of the first people in my country to have a mobile phone

    people used to give me a hard time about it but at the time my wife was pregnant and i was running an international business

    i was almost certainly the first person in my country to own a PDA – the year i used it is the only year since i started work for which i do not have a (real paper) diary

    i own a smart phone from a few years back but it sits unused in my office desk

    i have a simple old nokia phone that provides texting and phone – i try to use it for as little as possible and the battery lasts more than a week

    i can afford any phone i desire

    but i watch the world taking to the “smart phone” and realise that what i am seeing is a zillion dummies spending their lives glued to a little screen oblivious to everything around them (even to the point of placing themselves at risk on the road)

    i move through life with a cheap old phone and freedom from the net – when i am out there is no net – there’s a real world with real people and real interactions

    i’ve noticed that people who used to be effective managers have become far less effective since they have started to live their life walking around constantly dealing with email on the smart phone – even to the point of spending most of their time in meeting doing the same

    it’s like people think that being instantly responsive to email is mandatory when the whole point of email is that it is supposed to free you from having to deal with interactions in real time

    i think smart phones are making for a dumb population

    what on earth will the human race do if ever we find ourselves in a situation where what we take for granted absolutely (that everything we wish to know can be found instantly no matter where we are) is suddenly cut off (which could happen)

    it would be like “the Day of the Triffids” – with everyone being little better than blind

    the richest of us or only rich if they are phone-free

    phone-free means freedom to use your time uninterrupted

    the way you felt when you first left home



  • June 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I tried to hold out for a long time before having to have at least a phone because of school, work, my aging parents, and other important needs; however, I have also forgotten it at home on several occasions, and have discovered I did not even care. Many times at work I just turn it off or leave it in my bag so I can focus on my patients and the fun I am having with them. I have a bit of an aversion to being on the p hone unless necessary.


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