A few nights ago, I dropped my Samsung S3 in the toilet at a house party. I immediately dismantled to the phone, dried it and dashed it into some rice in a frantic attempt to save it. As soon as I got home, I consulted google and was advised by the many unfortunate people - who had suffered the same fate - to leave the device in rice for 48 hours.
I looked for mobile phones from the past (gosh, they don’t make ‘em like that any more, I tell ya!) I could use whilst my phone was in recovery but could not find one that my sim card could fit into. So I was forced to use my dad’s Nokia for the day as I was meeting a friend for lunch in London.
I went through some of my dad’s messages, one reading that he only had 70p remaining. That’s when it dawned on me that not only did I have an old-school phone, but it was also ‘Pay as You Go.’ I had I lost my contacts and carefully had to think about how I would contact my friend on an extremely tight budget. Unsure of the prices of texts and calls nowadays,I had to be incredibly resourceful and had to revert back to some old-time practices.
1. Using able-bodies
Before I left the house (and all source of human contact), I had wrote only friends wall to let her know the situation. Luckily, we had previously arranged a date and time so I just had to assure her we were still going ahead with plans. My sister was used as the connector as she had access to the internet and both of our numbers. She was the middle-man to ensure the operation was successful.
2. Hard copies
On the tube, I had the urge to check Instagram and Facebook frequently. Instead, I read a paper-back book on the tube to curb my addiction. Meanwhile every Tom, Dick and Harry on my carriage was on their iPhones, iPads, Samsungs, Nokias, and Kindles. I felt somewhat out of place…
I was very specific about where we should meet but kept thinking “what if she’s at the other station which also perfectly matched the description of the meeting place?” I had no choice but to walk back and forth between the locations and stare into people’s faces to see if I could recognise her!
4. Expensive Choices
As soon as I exited the station, I attempted to call my friend but could not get through. The funds decreased and I felt ashamed as my ‘drop-call’ technique used to be the shiznik back in 2002. I had no choice but to send a text knowing this would be my first, my last and inevitably my only hope.
5. Social sharing
Thankfully my friend called me and we were able to find each other (gosh, what did we do before the days of mobiles?)! The next problem was how to eat out at a novel restaurant (that we had been introduced to via selfies on Insta and FB) and not take pictures or update statuses? I mean, what’s the whole point? I too wanted to pose with my food so that the rest of the world knew I had friends, money and enjoyment during my holidays! Now people would have to ask rather then have it forced down their throats on social media. hmmmpf.
It’s crazy to think I spent the first twelve years of my life without a device that many of us feel so lost without nowadays. Our society is built on a world that only exists virtually but influences the foundations of our being e.g. such as confidence and self-worth. I find that scary.
I almost allowed myself to feel as though there was no point in going to the restaurant if other people didn’t know I was going there. What the hell? Am I for real?
It’s great that we can connect socially but it CANNOT replace human connection. We need to be less reliant on technology and more dependent on each other.
Happy New Year folks! xxxx
@2 months ago