It’s kinda sad but my relationship with my phone is my longest, most intimate relationship. Everybody who knows me they know what’s going on in my life all the time because I’m always on Snapchat Stories or Instagram Stories. Pretty much anything I do on my phone is a waste of time unless I am doing something for work. I have little to no idea what I will be doing except for the fact that it involves my phone and kind of going off the grid a little bit? Okay… Am I gonna get it back? Oh my God! No! No. Oh no, this is the phone my grandmother has. I do like the look. But like functionally what am I supposed to do with this? Okay, am I supposed to use this for a week? Oh no! Oh, it has a camera! This is where I say, “I love you guys, wish me luck, and hopefully I survive.” You can have it, I can’t look at it anymore.
– One last selfie before I go. It’s the first official day. I’m taking this challenge very seriously. Someone over here doesn’t know how to turn on her own phone I don’t know [Rafa] How to turn my phone on (laughs) Look at the era we live in, these privileged Millennials these days. You know the home screen that we have on our iPhones? This doesn’t have that so I don’t know what to press. I am currently in the bathroom. I have to go old school. I have to go to Staples but I don’t know where Staples is so I had to print out Google Maps. (laughs) Okay, first comes first, learning how to fold a freaking map. Help me! So I added my parents as contacts for the first time today and it was struggle texting them. Instead of hitting the space bar which I was trying to find, I hit send. It literally says this I would go back to flip phones, to be honest. I feel like life was just a simpler time We appreciated more when we had flip phones.
Yeah, that’s pretty good. Okay! I’d put that on my Tinder profile. I actually had to ask my coworkers what they did over this past weekend and likewise, they had no visibility into what my weekend looked like, so now I’m super mysterious. So the alarm on this stupid flip phone did not go off. It’s now and I’m supposed to be at work at so… (subway chatter) I haven’t charged all week, by the way, and it’s still alive somehow? Now I realize how much battery smartphones actually drain. As long as I have something to tell me the time and something to tell me when the train comes, I am good. Oh… I am looking at PornHub.com on a flip phone right now. And it’s a horrible user experience. Yeah, I’m gonna have to go offline for this. I’m becoming very irritable very quickly. It is really hindering my work because I can’t get my emails, get my Slack messages.
I miss emojis. This is my life now. So we’re just gonna wander around the streets of New York while it’s raining. Can I just look at your GPS? Am I allowed to do that? Over the past few days I’ve been a lot more productive than I’ve been in a very long time because I’m not texting here and checking in with apps there.
Today is Fri-yay, or the last day that I’m doing this stupid challenge. Menu? I am vlogging from Hawaii today. After a week of no iPhone I feel like I’m getting back from a little mini vaca so I thought this was appropriate. Learned a trick with my phone, watch! At this point I’ve gotten pretty frickin’ good at living life without an iPhone. I’ve even figured out some hacks with my flip phone. I’m going to treat myself to a nice dinner, and I think I might go tech free for dinner. Might just leave everything including the stupid flip phone.
You would think it’s really dramatic but it’s classical addiction, where you think you can’t live without something and then you’re like “I’m fine, the world is fine, they don’t need my InstaStories and I don’t need theirs.” The main thing that I noticed was I was just keeping my head up more and I was looking around and noticing things I hadn’t noticed before. I read parts of a couple different books. But it was just mainly giving up social media that was kind of a struggle, especially because I did go out a lot.
Oh my God, that’s actually really cool. Right? Thank you Jade, I love you! Also I had to carry around a map of Manhattan in my purse. If anything this has made me more reliant on my iPhone because I felt like a part of me was missing. I wasn’t so easily accessible and people couldn’t reach me. I was just a lot more present in everything that I did.
And I’ve never been so focused. Sometimes you’ve just gotta live in the moment. It’s better you liking your own life than posting on social media and having other people envy yours. I just feel like I’m in a better mental, spiritual place. My last words to this flip phone are I’m ready to be reunited with my iPhone. My baby! Feels good to have this back in my hands. It feels good and I feel like a complete person again. I’m gonna go take a bunch of selfies.
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