Social media. It may be an addiction. My boyfriend told me the other day that I always have my phone in my hands. I insisted that this wasn’t true, saying that I only go on my phone when he insists on playing Xbox or watching the same reruns of Family Guy over and over.
Well as karma would have it, my phone broke the VERY next day. I felt instant panic. Was it my screen? The phone itself, the battery? Was I just not holding the “on” button for long enough?? Maybe it was low battery and I never noticed? No, surely that couldn’t be it. I spent the better part of the night trying various things, different chargers, battery pull, different battery etc. with no luck. Finally I went to sleep but the cravings to have a phone didn’t stop there. I woke up the next morning in just as much panic. I still had well over a year left on my three year contract, and I was pretty sure my warranty was up (I obviously couldn’t call to find out). I brought my phone to the nearest cell phone repair shop to access the damages. They confirmed that my power button was broken and told me it would be $90 CAD to fix and they would have it for me in a few hours. PERFECT!
What better way to pass the time, than by hitting up the mall? I stopped into Fido (my phone carrier) to ensure my phone was indeed out of warranty and they told me that although I had well over a year left on my contract, I could re-sign today for only 2 years (I was on 3 year contract) and get a new phone for cheap, cheap, cheap. I had the Samsung Galaxy S3 in for repair, I was offered the S4 for FREE or the S5 for $130 CAD billed to me the following month. I said sure, let’s re-sign and get me a new phone. Because why not? Who doesn’t need 2 phones?!?! Me!! That’s who! So let’s get this straight. I have a phone being repaired, but buy a new S5 anyways (and for the record I still have my unlocked Google Nexus S as my backup/travel phone meaning I actually have 3 phones)??
What is it about the social network world that makes us feel so needy? When my phone does die, I catch myself continuing to check it out of habit, completely forgetting that it won’t turn on. And why do I need a designated “travel” phone? Isn’t the best part about vacation being disconnected from the busy life at home? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take my phone to Mexico or other destination vacations, but you better believe that when I’m heading to the US, I have my US sim card activated and preloaded with data/mins/texts. Yes, that means I have an American number in addition to my Canadian number. If I know I will be without a phone, all is good, however take it away without so much as a warning and suddenly I’m
losing my shit, devastated.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I feel like our phone’s (or computers, or iPads, or whatever your vice) have become an extension of our limbs. Always within reach. I went to family dinner recently and everyone had their phones out on the table, you know just in case. Just in case of what? In case there is a new blog post to read, or instagram to like?? Why not keep the phone tucked away? I’m sure whatever it is, can wait an hour or two.
So tell me? Has phone addiction taken over the social world?? I’m making a conscious effort to keep my phone away while I’m with family and friends. But I’m also unlocking my S3 to be my NEW travel phone. So maybe in this technological, gluttonous age we live in, it, like everything else, is all about balance. What do you think? Are you addicted to your phone?