My Data Was Turned Off … and for the Better

Makenzie Moesly, Staff

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Recently, my family exceeded the amount of data we have to use. This resulted in having to wait 2 weeks for our amount of data to renew. While waiting patiently, I noticed how much people are on their phones and how much we use them in our everyday lives.

 

I observed what was going on around me. This may sound ludicrous, but I acknowledged the trees, the birds, and the cars driving past me. We see these things every day, but we never really notice them; it is just a normal thing that we’re used to passing. Soon after, I actually began to appreciate not having data. I realized that my eyes used to be fixated on a meaningless screen instead of looking at what’s around me.

 

Another perk is that I saved my battery. My phone wasn’t dead by the end of the day, because I wasn’t on it. Usually, my phone drops from 100% to 60% within an hour. Then it continues to drop and I become concerned with charging it. I start to think, “What if I can’t answer people?” but now I realize that constantly staying connected is not a top priority, unless it’s with your parents.

 

Your phone is a go-to when you’re bored. When you’re with friends and aren’t doing anything, you grab your phone. When you’re out in public and want to avoid people, you grab your phone. Whenever someone is in an awkward situation, they reach for their phone. It’s quite absurd that people cannot do anything without their devices.

 

Cell phones interfere with human interaction. There are people who lack communication skills and would prefer staring into a screen, rather than having a conversation with someone. Phones are also constant interruptions. If you’re having a conversation with someone and the phone rings, your first instinct is to pick it up, instead of waiting to answer it. We often put our lives on hold to respond to irrelevant things on our phones.

 

I enjoyed not having data for the time being. I wasn’t worried about checking my Instagram to see how many likes I got or checking Snapchat to see what everyone else is doing. I actually had conversations with my friends rather than scrolling through posts I’ve already seen. I was able to engage in conversation with my friends because I wasn’t bothered with checking my phone every 2 seconds.

 

While we can use our phones to be unproductive, they aren’t the devil. We benefit from the things it gives us: We have the ability to search for things at our fingertips within minutes. Cell phones are useful in emergency situations when we need to contact help quickly. There are many tools and apps on a phone that provide easy access to things we use every day. It’s not a bad thing to have a phone and waste time on it once in a while, but be cautious with how much you use it.