That iPhone Experiment: An Update

So, dedicated readers (hi, all six of you! or am I being too optimistic?) may recall that Paul and I were going to try giving up our iPhones while we were with each other.

And here we are, 16 days into our month-long experiment. Here’s what’s been going down:

The Rules:

  • When we’re home, our phones go into a bowl. We can’t touch ’em unless we’re getting a call, or making a call. (Or using the camera to take photos for Guy Gourmet or The Ravenous Runner, two totally awesome food blogs you should check out right away.) No texts, so, sorry if I’ve been unresponsive, friends!
  • When we’re away from home, we can’t use our phones (except for calls and photos) in the presence of the other person.
  • When we’re apart, we can’t text each other. Harsh!

The Times I’ve Broken the Rules:

  • In New Hampshire, when I wanted to tweet about how I did in the marathon, I did it. I was too fatigued/close to dissolving into my-legs-hurt tears for Paul to say anything.
  • On the drive home from New Hampshire, when I worried we were driving into a tornado, I checked the weather.
  • On the drive to my friend’s wedding last weekend, when our Google Maps printout (ugh. yes. we have to do that.) led us astray, I checked my phone’s map. “I will not be late to my friend’s wedding for this stupid project,” I said. (We had, in fact, missed the turn.)

Unexpected Results:

  • We narrowly missed getting in a car accident in Connecticut because I, the passenger, saw a car in Paul’s blind spot. If I’d been engrossed in Twitter, maybe I wouldn’t have.
  • I can go days — days, I tell you! — without charging my phone. Even with the new operating system.
  • I don’t miss social media as much as I thought I would.
  • I’m hyper-aware of other people’s phubbing.
Thanks, @madeline_haller. (I don't know how to link in a caption, but I got this from her on Twitter.)

Thanks, @madeline_haller. (I don’t know how to link in a caption, but I got this from her on Twitter.)

Expected Results:

  • Printing out directions before you go anywhere blows. Especially when you spend two consecutive weekends in unfamiliar territory.
  • I can’t remember to text people back if I can’t answer them right away.

In conclusion, I kind of like bits and pieces of these rules. I’d like to stick with most of them, but I want to bring back texting and using the effing Google Maps app. (It’s better for the environment! It’s more accurate! It’s easier to know if you’ve gotten lost!)

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5 Responses to That iPhone Experiment: An Update

  1. There is no way I could go without having the use of the GPS on my phone. Texting, maybe, but no way I could be without that. Kuddos to you both!

  2. Megan says:

    I don’t think it would have even occurred to me that using a phone in Navigation Mode might count as an “unauthorized” use of the phone. We never do anything else with a phone that’s telling us where to go. But I admire your agreement. I often think I need to put down my own phone.

  3. Super impressed you’ve been able to stick with this as much as you have. I’m trying to be better about not constantly checking my phone in front of other people, but I still catch myself doing it a TON! Also, the google maps thing would kill me- I could get lost in my own backyard.

    • Meghan Loftus says:

      It’s kind of deteriorated in the last week or so. Ha. A bunch of friends were in town over the weekend, and they all were using their phones for photos and then sharing said photos, so it was hard to not cave in to peer pressure.

      But! I am using it a lot less. I plan to continue putting it in the “phone bowl” while I’m home. I’ve gotten a lot more reading of actual things (not tweets) done, and I’ve been sleeping better. I want to be able to check it if I get a text or need the weather, but always back into the bowl. Maybe that’d be a good place to start if you wanted to cut down?

      • That’s a really smart idea. I have a pile of books and magazines I have no time to read, but somehow I always have time to read a million tweets every night, haha.

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