Okay, let’s all ‘fess up to it. Come on, guys: Let the truth set ye free!
We all love our phones a little bit more than we actually care to admit. I mean, when it comes down to it, to a lot of us our phones are as essential to us and our lives as food or air or sleep
or chocolate. Really, I can’t even begin to imagine how I would cope with anything more than a few hours without my trusty iPhone. How will I check my twitter feed every 5 minutes? How will I casually look up the biographies of random Hollywood stars? For the love of God, how will I Instagram my lunch?
I wish I was being sarcastic here but I’m really not. I’m actually as much of a tech-junkie as the next person. Not only am I a tech-junkie, but I’m a tech-junkie that occasionally mopes about how everyone is way too plugged-in and no one enjoys real life anymore and OH MY GOD WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU LOOKED AT THE SKY?
This is why when I read surveys like this I’m both a little bit horrified and a little bit unsurprised.
Apparently, an extra 87% of people would go more nuts over losing something as vital as their phones than the 77% of those who would stress over losing something as meaningless as their wedding rings. Because, you know, one is a symbol of lifelong commitment and the other is just a pretentious accessory that you mostly use to impress people (ah, yes, sarcasm).
It turns out that the only thing that fills us with more dread than not being able to post daily pictures of our Starbucks morning coffee onto Instagram is losing our wallets.
And that’s not all.
This survey revealed that most people are actually more attached to their phones than they are to pets and friends. But, hey, what with all the liking and the tweeting we’ve got to do all day, whose got time for actual friends? Hell, with your trusty phone in hand the whole world is
virtually your friend.
Also, an overwhelming number of the people surveyed have admitted to a feeling known as “outlet rage.” You know, that feeling we all get when the phone alerts us to only 10% battery left and makes us break out in local rashes. Or that feeling you get of wanting to throw heavy objects when you walk into a Starbucks and realize that all the power outlets are taken. When we find ourselves out of touch with the digital world (or even on the brink of being out of touch) we get some very intense feelings of withdrawal–you know, like a junkie.
So the next time you freak out because you’re out of cell reception, or your phone runs out of battery or, heaven forbid, you forget it in a restaurant, remember–you’re not alone. And then remember, you can probably buy another phone. Really, its okay. There are plenty of tweeting, liking, Instagraming fish in the sea. Or peaches in the orchard. Or birds in the flock.
Point is: relax, take a deep breath, and maybe put the phone down every once in a while AND LOOK AT THE SKY.
All my love!