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In which I get rid of my mobile phone (and learn a couple of things)

After yet another billing squabble with our mobile phone service provider, my husband asked me what I thought about cancelling my phone contract entirely.

And then I died dead of horror.

Okay, so not quite that bad.

But still. My phone? How will I text? How will I call people? How will I check my email when I’m out for the day? How will I find the closest coffee shop quickly? How will I get where I’m going without Maps? How will I occupy my children in church? Will anyone know I’m occasionally funny if I don’t tweet my wit?

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After a week of looking at our finances as well as our dreams for the future, I realised he was right: the phone needed to go. I don’t work in a traditional job, I don’t drive long distances, I really don’t use it much (or so I thought).

So sure, let’s get rid of my mobile. No big deal. I can totally do this. Right?

I’ve now been without mobile phone access for a month or so. And I’ve noticed a few things

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I used that phone waaaaaaaay more than I thought I did. I had a hand-me-down first-generation iPhone (yes, the original ones with the round corners and no flash on the camera). I prided myself on “having boundaries” with my phone. And yet, that first week without my phone felt like withdrawal. Painful withdrawal.

I’m safer. British Columbia has a strict Hands-Free driving policy. Police will give you a ticket if you are caught with your phone in your hand while driving. And I was sure that I didn’t check my email or my messages – much – while driving. But  my most common time to want to reach for my phone after we turned off the service? While I was driving. I couldn’t believe it. (I thought I was smarter than that.) Apparently I was checking email at stop lights. I was “quickly glancing” at text messages that bonged in while barreling down the highway at 100 km/h. Once my phone was gone, my attention was more fully on the road. Or on CBC Radio (yes, I’ve got an unreasonable crush on Jian Ghomeshi, so what?)

I’m saving money. Our plan was for $50 a month, yet somehow, I always exceeded that plan to the tune of $70-80. By getting rid of our phone, we’re saving a minimum of $600 a year (but it’s probably more like $960/year). Craziness. We have some dreams about being more intentional, counter-cultural, and generous with our money so we’re doing everything we can to get the house in order as fast as possible. This is a seemingly small step that adds up over the years. I had no idea we were spending that much every month on my ability to check email while driving.

I can still use wireless access. Holla! Who knew, right? When we were close to pulling the plug on our contract, I admitted that the primary reason I love and use my phone is Instagram. I have a terrible camera in my phone but I love taking pictures throughout my day, and I love the Instagram community. I seriously contemplated hanging onto my phone for the purposes of Instagram. But then I realised, I can still use my actual phone with wireless access. It’s a bit limiting, absolutely. It takes the “insta” out of Instagram. But I still take pictures throughout my day, and then, when I’m home and on our wireless, I can upload them and still check out Instagram pics.

 

I’m not quite as rude to others. I can’t assuage my boredom at appointments. I can’t decided I’d rather be on Twitter than talking whomever is in the room. I can’t scroll through my phone in church. I can’t hold my phone like a shield at home group.

I feel less accessible. It might come across as a negative but, on the contrary, this is one of the greatest wins for me. Now, when I’m out, I’m out.  It takes away the sense of urgency for my online life. Email has to wait. Responding to comments has to wait. Tweeting has to wait. I have no idea what is happening on Twitter or in my comment sections for huge chunks of my day, and that is a great gift to enjoy.

It’s inconvenient. Totally and gloriously inconvenient. The first day I got rid of my phone, I had made plans to go to the theatre with my sister (Les Miserables, you know it). I waited and waited and waited in the theatre lobby but she never appeared. Normally, I would have texted her in two seconds. But now I waited. I went on a hunt for a pay phone  which was practically an adventure. After I found one, I deposited my quarter, dialled the number and promptly heard the operator instruct me to deposit another $3.60. I hung up. I didn’t need to talk to her that badly. Pay phones have gone up since the last time I used one, which was likely when I was 13 and calling my mother for a ride from the mall after trying on inappropriate and cheap club wear at Le Chateau. I went into the theatre, sat on the edge, and kept an eye out for her. She showed up five minutes after the movie started, apologetic and worried. She had gone to the wrong theatre by mistake, she couldn’t call me, we were both so sorry and relieved. That entire situation would not have happened if I had my phone. But on the flip side, I have become more careful about plans in advance and less prone to being late or cancelling. Without a phone, I have to honour the plans I make with people. Instead of being able to text with an “oops, I’m running late!” pseudo-apology excuse as I was prone for my lack of value on their time, I have to get my bum in gear and get there on time.

I’m both more present and more private in my moments. There isn’t another option than the present moment. I can’t decide to check out on the conversation at hand if I’m bored. I don’t get to “quickly check” my phone while at the playground. I’m looking around the world more, my head is up, my eyes are open. I noticed my surroundings, the people, my tinies, my life again. I’m listening a bit better. I haven’t had to say “I’m sorry, I missed that – what did you say?” quite as often. I actually live the moment instead of Instagramming the moment. I can’t post a status or a tweet from everywhere I am, the temptation to take a picture of my food has disappeared (and everyone said hallelujah) and I have restored a measure of privacy and secrecy I’d forgotten to appreciate or notice. It’s nice to disappear. I like my secrets. Not having a phone has restored some balance, beauty, and perspective to my life.

 

One of my favourites, Heather of the EO, is launching a new podcast called Power Down with a couple of her friends. It’s about finding the balance in online writing/social media life with our creativity and our time. Check it out.

 

 

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  • the Blah Blah Blahger

    THIS IS HORRIFYING TO ME!!!

    I’m glad you’ve found several silver linings…BUT, STILL!!!!!!

    • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

      I know! That is how I felt when it first came up!

  • suzanne

    i haven’t had a cell phone since october. (well i have the actual phone and the actual sim card but i haven’t gotten it all sorted out since i live in the dominican republic.) i actually haven’t missed it as much as i would’ve thought. and it’s nice for all of the reasons you listed! it’s not nice because nobody in our apartment has a phone so at times we are a little lost or in need of help with no way of asking for it, but that is also fostering independence and trying things out myself. i’m gonna cave, though, and get my sim card unlocked and some minutes on that sucker this week, but i hope i remember the values that come with being disconnected in this way!

  • CaroleAnne

    Heh, this is timely for me. I dropped my Smartphone down the toilet last week (apparently I Facebook on the loo, who knew?). I was a day without anything at all and it felt like panic to me. Now I am on an OLD Sony Ericsson brick we found in a drawer. Technically it has internet, but carrier pigeons would probably be quicker and more reliable. It has buttons, instead of a touch screen. I can phone and text from it, but that’s it. And I am wrestling with trying to embrace that instead of running straight out and buying another one. I think there is a lesson for me to learn here. So it is comforting to hear you doing the same.
    Now, where did I put that pigeon?

    • EV

      On a field trip, one of my parent chaps dropped hers into a port-a-potty. There was furious discussion about sim card retrieval by the jr high boys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VickiClaireJudd Vicki Judd

    Wow. This takes Courageous to a whole new level! Good for you. I’m not going to let my husband read this blog.
    Kidding aside – this is really thought-provoking…

  • http://melissafeddersen.com/ Melissa

    HA! Yes…I KNOW I am much too addictive to cope with a smart phone. I have an old dinosaur of a thing that I use for texting and calling and I buy top up cards to hold myself financially accountable (I’m like a 14 year old girl with boundaries you see). GOOD CHOICE woman!

    • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

      “A 14-year-old girl with boundaries” – LOVE it. haha

  • Mary1912

    This may change for you when your kids are older. For me, it’s pretty critical to keep in touch with my 16 year old’s whereabouts when he is out and so am I. I have stopped checking my phone so much at home. I check it once a night and then put it away, which has helped greatly in focusing my attention on everyone else.

    • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

      I agree – this works for *right now* but will likely need to change int he future as the tinies get older. Can’t get dogmatic about stuff, right?

      • Mary1912

        indeed! :-)

    • Ceilidh

      Why do you need to be in constant contact with your teen? We are getting rid of our phones this summer (17 year old keeping his) but we have to give kids SOME space. If you know where they are going and when they will be home…and can CALL them from a landline (instead of text) then it’s all good. We will be saving $100 a month that we desperately need to feed these growing children. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kylajean Kyla Sunderman Mikusek

    Because of my part time job I have to have my phone but I try to keep it put away when I am not working. Reading this has inspired me to be more intentional about putting my phone away. So, Thank you for sharing this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellison.amy Amy Ellison

    Love this! In an effort to simplify and save, my husband and I are about to downgrade to dumb-phones…. which won’t be as huge of a leap as going phone-free, but it’s a leap nonetheless. I’m looking forward to some of those perks you listed!

  • http://twitter.com/jenmonique1971 Monique Vining

    I agree with Mary. I have a daughter that is about to move to Dallas for school, I want her to be able to reach me at all times. My husband and I also drive cars that are 9 and 16 years old prone to breakdowns. I agree it can be a distraction and it stays on the charger at home, but for my family cell phones offer peace of mind, especially since we live in a city with no family and only a handful of friends.

    • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

      I agree, Monique – I’ll probably revisit it at some point based on our family needs at the time.

      • http://mommainprogress.blogspot.com/ Valerie @ Momma in Progress

        Go old school with a prepaid generic phone. Peace of mind of having a phone with you for emergencies, but no bells and whistles to distract. Give out the number on an as needed basis.

  • http://profiles.google.com/reatschetter Loretta Tschetter

    I love this. We still have old style flip phones with no texting, no internet access, just ‘dial a number and talk to a person’. And sometimes I feel so out of it when people give me that ‘are you SERIOUS?’ look when I pull out my phone (and honestly, I don’t even talk on it much…I don’t even give out the number). But, cost aside, I’m just not ready to go there yet. Because it is so hard once we’ve convinced ourselves that we need something to take a step back from it, so I can wait until it seems there is no other viable option.

    • http://mommainprogress.blogspot.com/ Valerie @ Momma in Progress

      That’s what we have, too, and it’s totally sufficient for us. I like having access to a phone, especially when I’m out with the kids or driving somewhere or meeting up with someone, but we have no bells and whistles. It just makes phone calls. Crazy, I know.

      • http://www.creeksideministries.blogspot.com/ Linda Stoll

        That makes 3 of us!

        • jillrosalie

          Makes 4! We just have 1 flip phone with DH carries so the kids’ school can get a hold of us, or whoever is out driving on the highway can have for emergencies. $10/month and we have amassed a lot of extra money on there, because we don’t even use it that much.

          • Handsfull

            Makes 5! I’ve got a phone that I can make/take calls and texts on, and that’s all! Can’t even take photos. And to be honest, I’m quite happy with that – I don’t like the thought of being so connected to everyone, all the time. I struggle enough with ‘just checking’ something on the home computer multiple times a day, don’t need my phone making things worse. Good for you, Sarah! And I’m sure that it is something you’ll re-visit as your needs and your family’s change… that’s called being flexible :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.trzcinskicooper Sandy Trzcinski Cooper

    I have a teenager who is just getting started on the whole “plugged in” life. That’s where her friends are. Her real-life friends. When she’s not there, she’s not in touch with them. So, I’m finding as much as I hate to be “plugged in” all the time, I have to be present there to monitor what she’s doing…making sure she’s safe and protected. We’re treading it slowly, but if I’m not there, it’s just too big for her to navigate alone. And she’s the oldest of three. I have a long plugged-in life ahead of me, no matter what I want to do. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebekah.dickinson.71 Rebekah Dickinson

    Do you not have “pay as you go” in Canada? In other words – I bought my phone for about £30 and have no contract with anyone – but I just top it up when it is running low on credit – probably spending about £20-£30 per month. The SIM card is from O2 (a mobile phone company). Is this just a British thing? I love your blog BTW!

    • Kathleen Quiring

      We do have pay-as-you go in Canada. I recently switched, and it’s saving me tons of money, too!

      • Rebecca Shrum

        I use pay as you go in the states–with tracfone–and love it–it costs me about 10$ a month but I can still find someone when running late–I do like that. I can text, too, but no internet/email on the phone.

    • http://mommainprogress.blogspot.com/ Valerie @ Momma in Progress

      We have that for our phone, too. I pay about $100 a year total (for credits/minutes). I only use it occasionally; it’s more for peace of mind when I’m out with the kids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/EricaFinneyBillings Erica Finney Billings

    Great. I love it. Rock on. :)

  • mizmelly

    You know my phone binged half way through me reading this and I had to resist the impulse to jump up and see who neeedddedd me right nooooowww. Sorry about that. You are wise. (There it goes again…. I’m NOT AVAILABLE) But pllllease don’t let Brian come anywhere near my husband because he might find and ally……. xxxx

  • Eve

    I too have an affection for Jian! But I am still smarter than my phone (which I use, funnily enough. as a phone! we don’t have a landline), and I hate going to family gatherings where everyone has their iphones on the table in the middle of everything and like a collective twitch everyone reaches out and grabs for their phones like zombies every 10 minutes. makes me crazy. I’m happy enough to connect on my laptop at home (which is quiet and good when the lid is shut, which it is when anyone comes over) and doesn’t come along to distract me in the car or when we go out. I think it is so important to focus on the people you are with and the situations you are in, and observe the world quietly and often.

  • http://www.lilyamongthornsblog.blogspot.com/ Rubi Ruiz

    I have a phone but it does nothing but talk + text so I find myself forgetting about it for a whole day to then get angry people texting, e-mailing, calling me to find out why I’ve been ignoring them all day. It feels good to disconnect as hard as it may be.

  • EV

    After leaving the advertising world – I got tired of selling people stuff they didn’t want – I got rid of the phone. It has been eight glorious years.

    I would add one thing: I get to know people when there is a problem. When something happens, I have to talk with and trust perfect strangers. As an introvert that can be challenging. I find I’m less isolated than I would be with a cell phone. It has helped me overcome the constant jangle of fear that news produces and believe that 99% of people are basically helpful and kind.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    I haven’t had access to a landline since moving out of my parent’s house several years ago. It’s been just me and my cell phone. I didn’t upgrade to a smartphone until I moved to Nashville and really that was because I wanted to have access to email and FB (I wasn’t even on Twitter then!) when I traveled. I couldn’t believe how quickly it became a part of my life. I am trying to guard my time- even downtime, like at doctors’ offices or waiting for friends- but it’s tough. It’s so easy to check in or wonder what you’re missing. But this is a big reason why I won’t upgrade my texting plan. I understand most of my friends have unlimited texting and use it as a primary form of communication but I don’t want to pay more than I’m already paying and I don’t want another less verbal way to communicate. I want to interact with my friends beyond social media and be more present with the people in front of me.

  • Meeka

    My contract expires soon. Thanks for reflecting on your experience. Do you have a landline at home? We don’t, so I am nervous about that….I have actually had to call emergency services for an accident with my littles in the past year, so there is that to consider. But a landline would cost much less than a contract for a phone.

  • http://twitter.com/ChristieEsau Christie Esau

    Such a bold move into a more intentional life! Excellent work Sarah. And, speaking from experience, using a smart phone/iPhone only when you can access wireless is actually not that bad. :)

  • Katherine

    Thanks for the reminder! My husband and I each got iphones recently after a few months of hemming and hawing about it. It made financial sense for us. However one of my points to him was that I didn’t want to become “that couple” who goes out to dinner to talk and then ends up messing around on our phones! I witness a lot of bad manners related to phones lately and I’m trying to be intentional about how I use it. It stays stowed in the diaper bag when I’m driving or at people’s houses. Thank you for being so transparent!

  • http://bohemianbowmans.com/ Jessica

    We’ve been contract-less for a few years now. And since moving to BC I have the dumbest phone on the market – the free kind from 7/11. I’m not exactly insta. But I can text. Or get help if my car breaks down on the side of the road. :)

    I’m not going to lie though, I’m always jealous of other bloggers and their fancy phones.

  • Abbie Kampman

    I don’t have a smartphone and neither does Curt :) We also have a pre-pay plan, not a contract and thus pay far less than we would should we go the other route. It’s actually liberating to only have a phone that texts and calls actual people :) I don’t want it any other way (and have never known otherwise!).

  • Amy Whitley

    Grateful for the mention of our new podcast today! l am so heartened by the number of echoing posts across the internet lately on this subject: we are all feeling the pull to disconnect, even just a little. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to ditch the phone, but even contemplating it as an option is a start!

  • KathleenBasi

    I don’t think I can “like” this enough. I have an emergency only phone so that babysitters and schools can get in touch with me if I’m not at home, but I don’t give the number out and I don’t use it. I don’t even know how to use it, really. :) I’ve said for a long time that people are really casual–too much so–about making plans now, and it causes all kinds of headaches and unnecessary difficulties that couldn’t exist before we had cell phones to make things up on the fly. Cell phones have their good points, no doubt, but they are most definitely NOT a necessity. I intend to resist the inertia with my kids as long as humanly possible, and they’re definitely not getting smart phones when the time comes.

  • http://simplemom.net/ Tsh Oxenreider

    Our family is going to start a Technology Sabbath once my book is in – no screens, no phones, no nothing for one day a week. Sounds ridiculously easy and kinda wimpy, but I think it’ll be harder than we realize. I’m looking forward to it.

    Fascinating experiment for you, Sarah…. Keep us posted on how this affects you. :)

  • http://mashenahope.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    In October I switched from smartphone to old-school 9-keyed flip phone. It has text, but it’s so cumbersome that I rarely bother with it. I had the same withdraw period you described, but in general I love it! I don’t jump anxiously every time I hear a buzz or a beep thinking I’m missing something. I got lost while driving the other day and found my way back sans GPS, reminding myself I’m an intelligent woman. I don’t rudely check my phone while in the company of others. I deal with emails and tasks when I have time to sit at the computer and focus rather than the busyness sprinkling my every day. It’s been a good change! (and helpful to the budget)

  • Susan

    I was smiling as I read your post. I resisted cell phones until I became my mother’s caregiver, and I worried about being out with her and no way to get help if needed. Mother went Home in 2010, and I kept the cell. Last year we chose to keep our cells, my husband and I, and get rid of the land line and cable TV for financial reasons. The TV was hardest for my Harry. Not being a person who generally finds phone calls recreation, I thought I would not miss the land line. Then, I discovered that with five of us using the same plan, I only got 200 anytime minutes a month. No more long calls to friends far away. Ouch. And I have to save my anytime minutes because I really need to get a job and tend to use up the anytime ones following up on applications. I laugh at myself as I think of Little House on the Prairie where Laura’s family seldom heard from relatives and then on one sheet of paper and written on both sides and perpendicularly written on as well. This is what I get for not liking to talk on the phone.

  • http://www.lovewellblog.com/ Kelly @ Love Well

    This is slightly horrifying to me too. But also fascinating. And a little wooing. Like reading about a couple going off the grid, and burning logs to keep warm in the winter and making their own cheese from the cow out back.

    I’m not sure I’m at a stage where I can give up my phone; I drive all day, since I’m my kids’ school transportation, and with my husband not even in the same state most of the time, I like having that security in my pocket in case something would happen. But could I not bury my phone deep down or purpose to ignore it for an entire afternoon? Yes, yes I could. But can I?

  • http://twitter.com/SarahHurliman Sarah Hurliman

    I love this, Sarah. Eshet chayil! I think it is very brave of you to ditch your phone–because we live in an age where there is so much more you are ditching along with it: Instagram, Twitter, email, Facebook, google maps, etc… I just recently got my first smartphone, and while I love the shortcuts it brings to my life, I am also aware that it is becoming increasingly hard for me to go without some tech stuff. You mentioned that your family is trying to live more counter-culturally. I think something that goes along with that, which we often don’t acknowledge or we stop short of, is that if we truly live counter-culturally, it will involve some sacrifices. Like not being able to be constantly in touch via social media. I love that you are more present to life now without the pressure and expectation on you to always be connected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/almon.cc C.c. Almon

    This is powerful Sarah! Makes me ponder things & wonder what if. Thank you for helping me think!
    <3 C.C.

  • Karen

    So my phone is being repaired for now I’m back on an old text and call that’s all phone and its been liberating. My life still happens I can check my emails when I want shall be using phone as a phone only from now on

  • Lois

    We ditched our Telus landline last year and moved to an unlimited minutes & texting plan with Koodo, and we LOVE it! I like that I can take my phone with me now, and pay less than we did with Telus! I had gotten an iPhone last month, but traded it back in this week. It was too much, and too intense. I feel a little dis-conected using my old phone now, and not getting emails and facebook updates instantly, but like you said — it’s kind of nice! It takes away some of the “urgent” in life and gives me time for the truly “important.”

  • http://www.quirkybookworm.com/ Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm

    Yikes. I don’t think I could do it! I do know I need to back off my phone usage — three days ago my 2 year old pulled my phone out of my hand, said, “That’s enough Mommy! I’m going to go hide your phone.” and went and put it in her shoe basket. :P

    So I know it’s bad if the 2 year old noticed. I’ve been trying since then to limit phone usage to when she’s sleeping, but yet… people text me, and somehow I need to answer right then. I’m thinking that when she and I are home, I’m just going to turn the ringer off and leave it in my room, and then I can’t even answer texts since I won’t know I got them. :) But I don’t think I could totally give up my phone!

  • Gina

    *high five* I heart this. A mobile phone has become a sort of evil that’s just wedged itself into our lives now. I’m seriously thinking of going mobile free after we move. We’ll see. Might not be practical. But yeah, people without data plans are considered some sort of freaks, and I’m like, “Um, what did we all do…you know, TWO YEARS AGO when we planned a trip to the city. Duh.” (Besides, free wireless is pretty much everywhere. Data, schmata. *chortle*)

  • Mel Wiggins

    I cannot comment on the phone thing.

    I can, however, comment on LE CHATEAU!!!!! I may have missed the point entirely (I haven’t) but calling your mom for a ride (collect obvs) from the payphone at the mall after trying on clothes at Le Chateau was my EVERY. SATURDAY. AFTERNOON of teenagehood.

  • http://twitter.com/life_edited Amanda Williams

    Well. I’m just relieved you don’t have to leave Instagram. Phew.

  • http://www.soulmunchies.com Crystal Rowe

    This inspires me. I’ve been contemplating getting rid of my cell phone for some time now. I lose it so often – and when I’m out, I find myself gravitating toward it instead of living in the moment that I’m in. I hate seeing other people on their phone when I’m out and about – and yet I do the exact same thing. We don’t have a home phone … so we use our cell phones as our primary means of contact … but I’m thinking I just may go back in time ….

  • http://twitter.com/organicmamacafe Monna Payne

    Interesting! We only have mobile phones, not landlines so this wouldn’t work for us. But, I don’t actually have a smart phone so I tend to use it only when I need it and mostly text. I love that you’re finding positive ways to be present and save money for your family! :)

  • Katie

    This post totally made my day! I LOVED your le Chateau reference :)

    I too do not have a phone, and most people think I’m crazy or quasi-Amish or something. But it CAN be done, as you are finding out. Hope you have lots of fun adventures!

  • http://dlmayfield.wordpress.com/ D.L. Mayfield

    this is seriously, super inspiring. as my old phone dies i can’t bring myself to think of buying a new one–so expensive, and i know it will suck all my attention. i’m not sure i could give it up completely, but this inspires me to continue on my slow march of downward mobility–i might be busting out an old flip phone again here soon :)

  • http://twitter.com/marriedlife Krista

    We don’t have a smart phone at all, one “stupid” phone between us that only texts. Mainly due to finances. Sometimes I wish I had the ability to be “on” more so I could be more active online, but then I realize that it’s not as important than what’s right in front of my face and the time I have here (mine are tinies too).

    So thanks for reinforcing my thought that we really don’t need one. I don’t have to be “like all the cool kids” as much as I think I want to be!

    And I have to say, this “the temptation to take a picture of my food has disappeared (and everyone said hallelujah)” actually made me laugh out loud!

  • sbrewer

    I REALLY loved this! I’ve never owned a phone and don’t plan to buy one after reading this :)

  • http://thereforeiambic.blogspot.com/ Elena Johnston

    Every situation and stage in life benefits from a different set of tools… Hurray for living on purpose!

  • http://www.giraffesandladybugs.blogspot.com/ Grace Elizabeth

    This is such a challenge to me, it scares me a bit, I know its a problem that’s on my heart, but I’m not too sure how to deal with it to be honest. Getting rid of my phone is not really an option, guess I need to learn to just turn it off except when I do need it. Thank you Sarah!!

  • http://stephaniesheaffer.com/ Stephanie Sheaffer

    I’ll echo what Tsh said. This is a super fascinating experiment. Please write more on this topic in the coming weeks/months.

    I have an iPhone and enjoy having it to stay connected with friends & family members. I especially appreciate the easy texting + photo sharing.

    Other reasons I love my phone:

    (1) Videos of my kids!

    (2) I feel safer on the road and out on errands with my kids because I know I can reach my husband quickly.

    (3) Doing quick twitter updates for business accounts.

    (4) Looking up recipes in the kitchen.

    (5) Being able to tweet/text people on-the-fly when I think of them.

    That said, I do understand and appreciate why someone might choose to give up their phone for a less plugged-in life. I just don’t want that *someone* to be me. Ha! ;)

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.com/ Ed_Cyzewski

    I do envy the folks who have instagram. We have a dump phone, but what makes us unique is that we share it. So our cell phone is our only phone. We use it like a home phone, but we can take it with us if we want. We only get stuck on a few rare occasions, but for the most part, it works well, especially since you can make phone calls right through gmail in a pinch.

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  • Jeniece Harris

    Shared your post on my blog this morning. Very inspiring. Not the right time for me to give it up completely, but made me challenge myself to use it less, turn it off more, etc.

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  • Lisa

    I’m constantly being hassled by people because I’m sometimes slow to respond to text messages. This cheeses me off, as i don’t want to be a slave to technology, nor people’s expectations. Sometimes i am actually busy and cant reply instantly! I’ve contemplated such an extreme act as yours but haven’t had the guts to do it! Go you!!!

  • http://www.tothinkistocreate.com To Think Is To Create

    This is everything I experienced when I had no phone for 3 weeks (after River put it in the loo). Slowly, I loved the no-phone life. I was a little sad when I got a phone again. We don’t have a land line, so for safety reasons I had to get one, but I try to not be around it unless I’m being intentional (even if intentional is Instagram). So loving you sharing this piece of your life. xo

  • Amber

    i only just got a phone a few months ago after having no phone (house or other) for over a year and a half. it is nice. enjoy!

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  • Carrie

    I’m getting rid of my cell at the end of the month for no other reason than it’s cheaper to bundle a land line at home. See ya Droid!! I’m sort of excited :)