Recently my forgetfulness reached a whole new level when I misplaced my mobile phone, which I am still yet to find! Like many other students, and people in general nowadays, my initial reaction was fear, then anger (at myself), and then just general sadness.
The first few days of being without a phone I was extremely unhappy as it meant that I couldn’t easily contact my parents and friends who are all miles away. I then went through a phase of what felt like a comedown for an addiction, which at the time was worry as it showed me just how badly attached to my phone I really was. For a few day I felt really down like I had lost someone close to me and I often found myself in situations where I didn’t know what to do with myself as normally I would either be holding onto my phone or checking it constantly.
By the fourth day, when I realised I would not be getting a new phone until the end of the month, I had to come to terms with the situation. I adapted and started emailing my parents as I could no longer ring or text them and used Facebook, like normal, to keep in contact with my friends.
It has now been almost two weeks without having a phone and I have more than come to terms with it, in fact I am enjoying not having a phone more than when I did have one. It has made me realise that not having a mobile phone can make life so much more enjoyable. For example, I no longer have the terrible habit of being on my phone in social situations as before I thought that social media was more interesting and fun than actually communicating face to face. Without my phone I have realised that having real social communications, more than I usually would, is a lot better for my health and I generally feel better about life.
Likewise, without the distraction of my phone my concentration levels have doubled. Now when I sit down to write up my lecture notes or to do some reading it takes me half the time as I am not checking my phone every 5 minutes. Another thing that it has taught me is that I really, really need to buy a watch! As the only good thing about having a phone is the time.
Overall, losing my phone has taken me on a journey of self-discovery and has shown me that, yes, I was addicted to my phone and that no you don’t need to take it with you everywhere you go (especially once I get a watch!). I also now know that it will be much more productive if I turn my phone off when I am studying.
I am ashamed to say I was addicted to my phone however I do not plan to go back down that road and I would recommend that you should try to get through at least one day without your phone to see how attached you really are!