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:
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!)