Today more than yesterday, man likes to keep himself busy, often crowded by unimportant task/activities that help him tick time away. How often I have fallen in this trap only to realize the emptiness it brings at the end of the day. In a way, I choose to befriend mobile chaos. I present a few indicators of this in my daily life and probably, yours too.
Though, I am a very tech-savvy person, I realize that my mobile has now taken over my life literally. So it accompanies me to the loo, walks with me on the street and also participates with me when I am talking to my loved one face to face. I also see this repeating during my meetings/conferences/training programs which I conduct. It grabs our eyeballs and our minds literally. So even during meetings/conferences/training programs, I have to think more to capture the audience attention since the beep...beep is ubiquitous. The height of tech-dependency became obvious when I noticed that even during funerals, people are busy playing on their handsets. It gets irritating at times. I have given a stare during such occasions only to be laughed at within the larger group. It seems to me it is now an accepted behaviour in the society.
To check my dependency on my mobile, I decided to experiment living without a mobile. I started with “one hour” on a Sunday as a pilot project. I experienced withdrawal like symptoms. Questions popped in my mind on whether I missed out on any action or what if I have missed out an important call or simply my habit loop of checking the mobile every few minutes (not seconds). Over 3 Sundays, these symptoms subsided as I grew comfortable. This has motivated me to go the next Level - level II –
1. No mobile calls/messages on a Sunday.
2. No calls/messages from me to anyone after 10pm on weekdays
I must confess it appears daunting to me, yet I look forward to the results of both these experiments. One of the rewards I want to claim is my beep-free Sunday time with my family. While I struggle, I am encouraged by the fact that I now check my mobile once every 3 hours on a Sunday. It has been a mixed bag so far, yet the results are beginning to show on the quality of time I am earning with these tweaks in lifestyle.
The biggest return to me is the improved quality of time I am earning with these changes. During the days, when I am not flipping my mobile, I realize the world also does the tango with me – I now only get calls during the time I am reachable. Encouraging indeed!! I also see that I am increasingly re-using my brain muscles to remember numbers rather than completely relying on a gadget. Thirdly, which is also dear to my heart, I also see my child observing that daddy is not glued to his mobile and hence, I hope to see her (a microcosm of the next generation) really valuing eye to eye contact and full human level communication which can never be replaced by any technology. Lastly, I am fully able to be the master of technology in my hand rather than the other way round.
On a closing note, I propose a new idea to you my dear readers. Read it carefully.How about celebrating one day of the year as a “NO MOBILE USE DAY”?