After reading my classmate Jess’ post “What Dropping My Phone in a Toilet Taught Me”, I began thinking about the rough lives our cellphones must have.
I think my current iPhone has been through just about everything, and come out on the other side like a cat with nine lives. I can vividly remember the last time it made an audible thwack on the pavement. Holding my breath as I examined it, I was relieved to find it not only still working, but completely unscathed. (Thanks, Apple.)
I share a lot of Jess’ experiences and sentiments with my own cell phone. I dropped my in the toilet last March, but was luckily able to resurrect it with swift action and a bowl full of rice. More importantly, though, I echo the emotional attachment one can have with their phone.
Cell phones become so much more than just a way to text and store numbers, they become an extension of yourself and I think for much of my generation, they become a security blanket, a way to cope with the uncomfortable and unpredictable.
For instance, how many times have you stepped into an elevator recently, only to be greeted by…nothing, everyone staring down at their phones? I would bet more times than not. While I’m not saying it applies to everyone, I would be willing to guess a majority (myself included, sometimes) choose to click away on their phones than engage in awkward small talk.
While at first I was depressed by this direction technology was taking us in, I found (with a little research) that there are still many who see the value in ditching your phone for some actual face to face conversation. Like this restaurant that gives customers who leave their phones at the podium a discount, or this cheeky art:
In conclusion, it seems unavoidable to get a little attached to your phone. However, while some people take it to an over-the-top extreme, others are more comfortable ditching their security blanket.