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Smartphone Seperation Anxiety

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I feel lost. I feel disconnected. I left my cell at home.

There’s no worse feeling than being on the road, well on your way to work. You go to reach for your phone and it’s not there. So then you go to the next place that you usually keep your cell…not there either. It dawns on you that you just may have to go through an entire workday “off the grid!”

Remember when these were the only phones we used outside of the house?

Pay Phone
Phil Aaronson / flickr

If you’re like me, you’re checking your phone every 5 seconds. Calls, texts, emails, and the web are right on that device that never leaves your side.

John Mayer

A while ago, John Mayer did a “digital cleanse.” It lasts for one week, and here are the rules:

  • email only from laptop or desktop computers
  • cell phones can only be used to make calls, and no text messages or e-mails are allowed – if you receive a text, you must reply in voice over the phone. E-mails must be returned from a laptop or desktop computer.
  • no use of Twitter or any other social networking site – this includes reading as well as posting.
  • no visiting of any entertainment or gossip sites. (No need to detail which ones – you know what they are.)

Maybe I’ll give this a shot after the new year. But, a week? I’ve been without my phone for 6 hours and I’m twitching. Could you complete a “digital cleanse?”

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