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Joshua Bell
published Oct. 7, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

This is actually something I have been meaning to write for some time now but due to time restrictions and a new job (which has actually lead to inspiring this article) has kept me very busy over the last four weeks.

About four weeks ago a bit of an experiment was forced upon me as I left one job to go to another and I had to give back my work issued iPhone (I know, I know...). This left me without a smart phone for about 5 days which I decided to go completely phone less relying only on my wife's if I needed to get a hold of someone or otherwise wait till I was at a computer. Anyways I just wanted to share some things I learned (relearned) in the 5 day interim.

  1. I don't need to check my phone every time it dings, beeps, or makes any other noise.
  2. Its okay if people can't immediately get a hold of me via phone, text, email or otherwise. The world isn't for going to end for either one of us.
  3. Its okay to miss out. You don't have to read every blog/news article that is published to the internet.
  4. My phone is a tool that I use not part of me and it does not define me or anyone else.
  5. I got a lot done that I otherwise would not have gotten done and even signed up for a college course and have managed to keep up on the reading.
  6. It is okay to have what I like to call a "irli" or a "in real life interaction" with people and you might be shocked what kind of response you might get from the other person when they have your undivided attention and you are not "time sharing" with your mobile device.

Yes, I now have a smartphone but since these five days I feel that I have been liberated by the constant barrage of notifications or at least learn to ignore them because it really is okay and these five days allowed me to relearn that.

I apologize for those of you that feel alienated but I feel much better much more productive in my real life and stale relationships have blossomed. Don't worry my internet friends I still love you, but my priorities have changed and I believe for the better. I am still here but don't expect an instant response :-)