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Giving up your phone

Posted by putsimply on 26th February 2009

It’s now the second day of Lent, 40 days and 40 nights where we’re supposed to give up something. The classic suggestions are chocolate, cake, pie, chocolate cake pies or sweets. This presents a problem, even Jesus would be tempted by the ever abundant snack table in our office so I’ve got no chance. So how about trying to give up an item of technology for 40 days and 40 nights? What could I actually live without for that long?

How about my BlackBerry? Well after one of London’s finest chavs decided to help themselves to the contents of my house a few months back, I am without a laptop. I’m also in the middle of looking for a house so being able to reply to emails, check websites, train times, bus routes and google maps so I don’t get lost on the way to a viewing is pretty important stuff. So not that then.

MP3 player? Well I could lose that and simply use my phone for the same job – but to lose the whole MP3 player concept altogether? Have you any idea how quiet the train actually is in the mornings? It’s awful. And having headphones in means that people trying to sign me up for Oxfam or Visa stay well clear which is always a bonus. Also the nutters that tend to frequent the trains prefer talking to people without headphones.

This doesn’t leave many options, in fact it’s concerning how much I rely on my phone. If I got a better memory card for my phone I could lose the MP3 player altogether, and thanks to the wonder that is the smart phone I really don’t need a laptop any more. So could I live without it for 40 days and 40 nights? Probably not if I’m being honest. Could you?