I didn’t suspect not having my phone for two days to be all too troubling; I’ve lived extended periods of time before this experience without a phone. But I faced a few problems here at Bard without a phone that I did not face when I was living at home in Philly.
I didn’t bother bringing an alarm clock when coming to college because I figured that I would always be able to use my phone. I ended up setting an alarm on my roommate’s phone. (He was very ecstatic about this, especially considering I have an 8:30 AM class.) This experience really reminded me of the discussion we had on cyborgs and the limitations our bodies have and how we use technology as an extension of ourselves. I wondered: How did people prior technological innovations wake up — to me, this seems like an impossible feat without an alarm.
Having to make calls to people — whether it was to my folks back at home or to friends around here — was difficult since landlines and pay phones are increasingly harder to come by. Overall, I did not necessarily feel inconvenienced by having to communicate with people via alternative methods, but rather I felt I was the inconvenience when I tried to message people on Facebook or another platform I did not typically message them on. For some people, I noticed they were not as responsive as they typically were solely because of the platform I messaged them on: I found this interesting.
The fact that there are very few if any functioning clocks on this campus did not help my cause. I was walking to the Res Life office in the rain trying to balance opening my laptop while holding my umbrella to check the time — it was no fun. Having a phone really made me forget the importance of having a watch (or a clock) — especially for more than aesthetically fashion reasons.
Overall, I was pretty neutral about my experience without my phone. It certainly wasn’t the most pleasant, but I do not feel that I was inhibited by it either. I can certainly live without my phone, but it’s here now — so why live without it?