How dependent are you on your cell phone? What about your house phone? Do you still have a phone that plugs into the wall and doesn't use any electricity? What if it all just went away? What if you didn't answer your phone for a week just because you didn't feel like it?
Life would be much more quiet without the phone. I know the new phones have all kinds of applications that make them even more useful than using them to call people. How many of us don't call people anymore. We just text. What if you stopped?
I've always wanted the work cell phone to be a simple cell phone. No Blackberries or I-phone. No checking email or surfing the web. No apps. Just make phone calls and send a text every once in a while. I'd even snap a picture or two each month. But mostly, the phone is used for talking. It's an older phone that folds in half, has a very tiny screen, and has a little antenna sticking up. That was until last Tuesday when I pulled the phone out of my back pocket and broke the antenna off. Brother-in-law superglued it back on. It works better than without the external antenna but at my house there's no signal. None!
That is not a good thing when I have all my office calls transfer to this cell phone and I like to work at my home office. I can pick up office calls anywhere...except at my house. I contacted the IT person, who just happens to work 4 hours away, and he said he'll see what he has in his inventory. I told him I don't need anything special, just something that works. Ah, this is a perfect time for the governor to get up and say there is one less cell phone being used by those wasteful government employees. Of course, I'm not wasteful. The government is sure getting their money's worth out of me. Except I can't answer the phone.
It was suggested that I forward my office cell phone to my personal cell phone. That won't work because my personal phone only has 400 minutes per month on the plan. Sure, we only use about 100 minutes a month at most but I use 300 minutes a week on my work phone. I don't think work would be happy if I billed them the difference. I would too!
OK I'll stop complaining about the work cell being broken. They'll get me a new one by next week, maybe. My question is, what if we just stopped using the phone? I'm not saying to revert to email. I'm saying what if we stopped with all forms of instant communication? What if someone had to figure it out for themselves rather than call me up to explain some governmental policy? What if they had to send me a letter? That would put the post office back in business! But what if the phone system didn't work for a day, or a week, or a month, or a year?
I hate using the phone. I purposely don't have a little bluetooth device that I hang from my ear so I can talk all day long as I do my other things. I couldn't imagine working in the garden and having to hold a conversation with someone. Working in the garden is a good place to clear your mind or work through some problem or something of that nature. I have a list of about 10 people that I call at least once a week. There are some that want to hear from me daily. I had one friend who almost called the sheriff because I hadn't answered the phone in a week. It's nice that people care but come on!
If I don't hear anything about my cell phone replacement tomorrow then I'm going to change my voice mail to "Sorry I can't answer. The cell phone is broken. When the state economy gets better they'll get me another phone. Until then, send me an email and I'll respond when my computer gets repaired." I wish my personal cell phone had an antenna. I could break that one too. Then I'd get lots of gardening done. Seriously, how would you communicate without your cell phone? Would you need to rethink how many people you communicate with? Would once or twice a year letters work? Do you even remember how to write a letter?