I just finished reading Stephen King’s Novel 11/22/63. It is a story about President Kennedy’s assassination that asks the question of what would you do if you could go back in time.
Would you try to change history?
It is a fascinating question and it could be the source of a million other posts about who you would like to meet, what you might do, whether you could change history and what impact it would have etc.
I loved the book and it is part of the reason why in a couple of hours I am going to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. I love history so it is somewhere I would visit anyway, but that is secondary here.
The question I am more interested in is whether you could live without your cellphone.
The obvious answer is that technically we all can. There are no apps that feed, clothe or shelter us. They might offer assistance in obtaining those things but they don’t provide them.
I love my phone. It serves as a mobile office, source of entertainment, GPS, communication device and resource assistant. When I leave the house without it is almost always because I made a conscious decision to leave it and it is usually because it is charging and I am outside talking to the neighbors.
I lived the majority of my life without my phone and there are moments when I don’t like feeling tethered to technology so I think about what it would take to cut that tie.
But I wonder about the younger generations and whether this thought would be anathema to them. Can they conceive of a life without the phones, MP3 players and tablets?
Hell, I wonder if some of them know how to play and entertain themselves when they aren’t plugged in.
Would You Give Up Your Phone?
I am not a huge fan of how phones have impacted our patience. If you don’t respond to texts and emails in a timely fashion people start to get crazy.
The car used to be a place of solitude where the only interruptions were the radio, passengers and other drivers. Your commute between the office and home was your time.
Granted there is a level of convenience that comes from being able to contact people to ask them to pick up dinner/milk or remind them to meet you at the baseball game, but sometimes…
What about you? Is your phone a part of your daily life? Would it be hard to give it up or is it something that would be easy?
Would love to talk about it in the comments.