Living With No Phone

Jamie-Ann Aranda, Graphics Editor

Cell phones have become the addiction of the 21st century. So much so that it can lead to separation anxiety, and, in extreme cases, death. There was a time not so long ago when one was able to fully function without all the extra features they have now. The primary purpose of the cell phone has always been to call another person, however that is no longer the case as we use it for texting, social media, streaming, and accessing the internet in general.
For reasons that will not be revealed, I have found myself recently without my phone; and as sad as it is, I admit that I have even considered it to be my livelihood. I have gone more than a week without my phone and in the beginning I regarded it as nothing but torture. I don’t have the luxury of taking pictures of the board to finish my work later on. If I forget any of my assignments I can’t check in with any of my friends. I can’t look up anything when I want to, and I sure can’t even entertain myself when I’m bored.
Any assignment for school or form of technological luxury the hand-held device gave me, I must now wait until I get home to use on our family computer. Even this article you’re reading at this very moment was typed on it. Unfortunately, when I commit an error I am not able to apply the built in auto correct or press on the word suggestion box. It may eat away a few seconds, but time is something that adds up way too fast for my taste.
It’s not that I’m completely dependent on my phone. These past two weeks have served as an impromptu rehabilitation from it, which I honestly needed, but I miss how easy everything was when I had one. It’s quite ironic actually, not too long ago I was reminiscing about how as a child I was able to entertain myself for hours on end with toys or my simple imagination. I of course shrugged that off the same second and returning to whatever nonsense was entertaining me on my phone. I am not saying that phones are horrible and will lead to our demise, no. I want mine back if anything, but every now and then it’s a good idea to put the phone down and actually go about life. Spend time with your family, read, go out, just try not to be glued to the screen. It isn’t an extension of you no matter how dependent you are on it. I may not have been given the option to put it down, but I do recommend you can make it on your
own for your own good.