I have been with a mobile phone for almost ten years now. I have switched cell phone models from the bulky Motorola in the late 90s to the then new Nokia 5110, 3310, 6110; that’s what my children tell me because I can’t even distinguish one model from the other. I am back to Motorola now.
It had the same use for me, whatever the brand or model was–call anytime, anywhere; be available anytime, anywhere. Its use for me has not changed up to this day. I believe the mobile phone is one of the revolutionary inventions of our time, making communication possible as we walk, drive, shop, dine out, or even pee. But it also changed the way we lead our everyday lives, dramatically, for the better, or for the worse. It depends which side of life you are on.
I once left my cellular phone at home, and I was a wreck. I felt I was suddenly disconnected to the rest of the world, to the point that I went back home, in between meetings, to get it. Was it just less then ten years ago that I didn’t have it but I survived?
It’s in my bedside at night. Or, in the bathroom while I am taking a shower. Or, in the kitchen when I cook. Or, in the laundry when I wash. Or, in the dining table. In short, I take it with me everywhere I go inside the house. Have I forgotten about my home phone?
I make sure that when my children go out, they have their mobile phones with them. As a means of security, I think to myself, they can call me anytime if there is an emergency, or I can call them just to check if they are alright. Or is it really security when cellular phone theft is rampant in this country?
I wish I had the courage of Lucia. I just got an email from her, telling her circle of friends: “I have decided to no longer maintain a personal cellular phone in order to live a simpler lifestyle.”
Such a bold decision to make, going against something that has become the standard of our time. I truly understand the wisdom of such a decision–being available during working hours through the office phone, or after work through the home phone, and pegging a time when calls can be entertained at night. This is the simpler lifestyle that Lucia speaks of.
The wisdom behind this decision, I believe, is called this rare thing called privacy. If there’s one thing that cellular phones have robbed us of, I would say this is it.
To Lucia, you did such an admirable decision. You are a brave person.
I wonder if I can make it a rule for myself to not use my cellular phone when I am finally based in my home office for my new company, WriteShop. Why not?