The iPhone 7 came out a month ago with all kinds of fancy technology. Naturally, my phone dropped on the ground and the screen cracked. I thought it would survive until Black Friday, but to my dismay, it died yesterday. The moment I couldn’t open it felt like someone sent me a message and broke up with me. I was thinking: can I survive tomorrow?
I was worried about how I would even go to school the next day. The answer is simple: You can go to school without a phone. So, I tried it. I braved a no-phone school day and it gave me a new perspective of technology.
I had no idea of what my first Monday would be like. In the morning, I left home five minutes early to take the trolley. I walked fast to classes. I checked the clock frequently when I used my laptop. I posted an announcement on my Facebook to let my friends know that I can’t take any phone call or messages.
When I got back home at night I noticed something: everything seemed to slow down when I don’t have my phone with me. My time doubled. I had time to finish my assignment. I had time to talk to friends. I had time to go to the gym. I had time to enjoy a good lunch. I had time to notice all the people on their phones walking around on campus.
Telephones make our life convenient and easy. We can do so many things by touching that 5-inch screen: check news, set alarms, order food, map destinations, Snapchat with friends … However, it’s not a bad idea to put your phone away sometimes. Maybe you will focus more on your class. Maybe you will finish your homework on time. Maybe you will have more time to sleep. Maybe your neck will feel more comfortable.
You need more than a phone.
Luqi Zhang is a junior accounting and marketing major. She came to SDSU from China.