Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone, day 5: I've not gone crazy yet
Today marks the fifth day since the start of my research, and I feel like it is time to share what I've experienced so far. And to make things clear, I have not been completely isolated from technology over the past five days. I still had a full-time job to do, which is why I had to use the phones here at the office, albeit on rare occasions. You know, to run a benchmark or to test a new app. Nevertheless, I've made quite a few noteworthy observations since being separated from my own smartphone, and the feelings so far have been both positive and negative.
Having no smartphone made me feel nervous, as if I had lost my walletThe first step is always the hardest – that's something I heard in a cartoon when I was little. It was the Dexter's Laboratory episode where Dexter left his lab to explore the great outdoors under his sister's guidance. I could relate. At first, having no smartphone made me feel as nervous as if I had lost or forgotten something important, like I was missing my wallet or car keys. Having meals was not the same as I had no YouTube videos or funny pictures to look at. At the same time, I had my basic handset on me all the time and, driven by habit, I was frequently checking it for new messages and notifications even though I knew it had no internet access whatsoever. Also, when I wanted to check the weather forecast or look something up, I automatically reached for my potato phone since that's what my brain was wired to do. This is how I behaved during the first several days of my experiment.
Speaking of habits, I'm used to taking down notes and setting reminders on my smartphone. If a new task comes up at work, if I hear about a movie I want to watch, or if an idea pops up in my head, I write it down in Google Keep. Having no smartphone, however, meant that I had to write things down on paper and rely more heavily on my own memory. Sure enough, I forgot about an assignment I had to complete, and I forgot about it two days in a row. (Thankfully, it was not of high priority.) Has my smartphone hurt my ability to remember things? No, I highly doubt it. Quite the contrary – having no easy way of taking notes and setting reminders is now making me appreciate something I've been taking for granted all along.
This story is part of:Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone: an experiment (4 updates)
10 February I lived without my Galaxy S5 smartphone for 2 weeks: here's how my life changed
27 January Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone, day 11: horror and bliss
21 January Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone, day 5: I've not gone crazy yet
16 January I am swapping my Galaxy S5 for a dumb phone to see what living without a smartphone feels like