Withdrawal!

Twenty-four hours without my iPhone…

…and the symptoms are starting. The shakes. The craving. The fidgets.

Oh all right, I’m exaggerating. But not by much.

Seriously, while the irrepressibly wondrous Stephen Fry may have placed the smartphone in unlucky 13th, I’ve had a whole sodding day without mine. It’s been like missing a sense, or a limb.

What’s been worst?

There’s the OCD – the inability to constantly check and update my Social Media net – Twitter, Facebook, G+, plus my email account.

There’s the Texting – I feel isolated without my friends; I miss having them in my pocket.

There are the Photos– particularly now there’s instagram (amazing how those filters make everything look so moody), I have to take pictures and upload them…

There’s the Location Checking – all those missed Fousquare check-ins!

All of this adds up: we know this theory. We have to share, dammit – though whether that’s the desire to communicate the wonder that’s our next cup of tea, or just our narcissistic need for validation, I’m not sure. Frankly, after more than four years, I’m buggered if I know the difference.

Okay sensible for a minute – is it just the SoMe (pun intended) fripperies? Maybe not.

I’m adrift without the map – Isaac and I got lost in Canary Wharf today (not a place to be a Scuffy) and I was absolutely flummoxed.

I’m equally adrift without my news feeds and information updates. My world has shrunk, and that makes me oddly uncomfortable.

I miss Evernote – my creative Memory Palace (though I’ve had a Moleskine with me today).

And lastly, there are the games and the educational apps – Planets and Molecules – that my son and I share. I’m convinced he learns by osmosis. (They also keep him quiet on trains).

A comment was left on my twitterfeed yesterday about smartphones making us ignore our children – the usual implication about lack of social skills blah blah. Yet I see it like this: someone else using a smartphone is antisocial. When you’re using your own, it’s a window. They make our world bigger – we see more – and so our social skills have simply adapted. A smartphone is like any tool, it’s how you use it that counts.

I may have phone OCD, but it’s for a reason. My phone has become my information and communication, my location and education, and I’m absolutely lost without it.

Though according to last night’s gadget list, if I want to amuse my son on a train, I should maybe give him a cigarette lighter.

Wait… what?

4 thoughts on “Withdrawal!

  1. People are WAY too attached to their electronic devices these day, although I admit I am almost joined at the hip to my computer most of the time.

    I think the comment referred to something like; people are investing more “emotions” into electronic devices then they are to “having children” and not really their children. I can imagine that you’d become emotionally attached to a child or a pet, but to a mobile phone? Personally I don’t even own a mobile.

    In any case, I think I’m going to invent either a sub-dermal device, or I am going to combine a body piercing with a tethering device so that people can physically attach these devices to their bodies so they can no longer misplace them or drop them in the loo. Remember, you heard it here first!

  2. Funnily enough, Tom Watson said that the iPhone was the ‘first ubiquitous body enhancement’ and you are a rarity for not owning one of the things yourself.

    The body-piercing thing? You may be on to a winner…

  3. I’m often accused of using my iPhone too much, but like you it’s information supply is invaluable.

    I can sadly say that I use it 95% of the time I need information, it does so much, try to share and people go “eh”.

    Hope you get mobile soon

    • People with smartphones do tend ignore what’s around them – there were a couple of kids on the Riverboat who were too busy playing Angry Birds to look at the wonders of London on the banks of the Thames.

      As our World has got bigger, so it’s sometimes harder to focus on the stuff that’s right around us.

      And thank you! :)

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