Two years and two months ago, I gave up my cell phone cold turkey. Our life was changing and we needed to tighten the purse strings. We felt the cell phone really was a luxury and something that would save us $1000 a year by turning off.
I have to admit, I was a cell phone girl. As an early adopter of the hand held cell phone, I got my first cell phone in 1997 while living in the city. I was first of my friends to have one. I always had the latest and greatest technology and was never seen anywhere without it right by my side.
Then on February 10th 2010, I just turned it off. I challenged myself to take two months off from my cell phone to see if I could live without it. The first two weeks were hard. I found myself reaching for it, or thinking, gosh, I need to plug it in. It was a tough two weeks, but, guess what? Not only did I learn to live without it, I actually enjoyed not having. I enjoyed not being so available. I really enjoyed living in the moment and not being so distracted. Already, two years have gone by and I haven’t looked back, until lately.
It’s only been two years, but technology has gone nuts. When I gave up my cell phone, smart phones were just starting to hit the market strong. I had the latest blackberry, but there were no touch screens except the iPhone. Apps were starting but now there is an app for everything.
So it brings me to where I am now. I feel like I am missing something. Everyone seems so cool being able to reach into their purse and have all the power of the internet. To check their facebook status, take simply amazing pictures and have them automatically processed, scan QR codes to get the latest deals and information instantly in the palm of their hands. It’s amazing really.
My husband and I have always been “techies” and have always been ahead on technology, so why is it different with a cell phone? Of course everyone says we should have one for an emergency. That is true, maybe a “pay as you go” option would be good for us. But I have to admit, I kinda want all those cool apps and sleek touch screen. We hem and haw about it at least once a month and seem to come to the same conclusion. With all the glitz and glamour, it is still something we can live without. The challenge worked, and we save $1k a year.
What do you think about your cell phone? Do you have one? Could you live without yours?