Life Without a Mobile Phone

By: Ian Ball

Personal Independence
For years I had no problem not being in contact with the rest of the world twenty-four hours a day. In fact, I relished it. If someone called my home phone, they would leave a message, and I would call them back at my convenience. I certainly didn't receive email when I wasn't ready to sit at the computer and respond. And I never had to think about turning off a phone in a theater. In my world nothing was so important it must be dealt with before I was ready. I went sans mobile phone for years, and I loved it.

Nothing in life stays the same, however.

Constant Connectivity
Today I am fully connected. The mobile phone brings not only convenience, but safety as well. In my days of independence, I worried only about one person - me. Now, I have children and a business to run. I'm always on the go, and home is rarely the best place to return a phone call.

My children are young and I don't sit at a desk all day. That means that should there be an emergency or even something simple that needs my attention, I need to know now - wherever I am. I've dealt with client issues while at the grocery store, and I've scheduled one play date while driving to another.

I have four separate email accounts with separate purposes. This is the price you pay for having an online business in addition to personal and work accounts. I can check email while sitting at the baseball field, and reply to anything that needs immediate attention, all without missing a single hit (or strike.)

In my new connected life, I can get the directions I forgot to grab off the counter simply by hitting a few keys. I can send a quick message to my husband to remind him to pick up the dry cleaning in a matter of moments. I can do my banking, check my investments and so much more without getting up from the park bench.

Reaching the Limit
I'll admit sometimes I do miss the simple life of return phone calls and isolation. Being connected to the world at all times comes with an incredible number of perks, but it has its downside. Fortunately, there is an easy solution when the outside world starts to dominate my own. The mobile phone has one final feature that makes it ideal for my busy life - it can be turned off.

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