Ten days in an "iphone free zone."

After years of slagging off Apple and iPhones, 2 weeks ago I found myself opening a shiny white apple box and holding an iPhone 4s, like a little girl at Christmas. The instagramming, twittering, facebooking in the palm of my hand was back in my life. And it was great. 
Getting on that plane to Ireland, I couldn't wait to start journaling my holiday through instagram and twitter. However, my phone can't get signal over in Ireland. The roaming had not been activated through customer services,  even though I was told that there would be no problem. Hashtag raging! 

So I have spent ten days without having the social network in my hand and I can't send or receive texts and phone calls. My grandparent have a laptop so I can get on the internet every now and again but it is limited as it seems rude to come all this way and not speak to them. 

I know we are a generation that relies on their phones a bit too much. By losing my smart phone a few months ago and not having internet access by my side for a 3 months proved how much we feel the need to tell the world our life happenings and how much I rely on google. This time, by not having a functioning phone , I have noticed that the whole "talking" thing and socialising (not online) has decreased since getting a smart phone.

I spoke to my grandparents about my unsure future, my thoughts on politics, jobs I might want to do, what I have done in the past year and stuff like that. 
 I need to be more aware of how much I am attached to my phone. I need to limit myself,  put it in my handbag and leave it there. 

I wont be stopping instagramming and using social media sites, but I will stop using it when I'm with people.I am very aware that I have already stopped using it as much since I got the iphone. 

It's just plain rude when you're sitting with someone, wanting a conversation and they're scrolling through their facebook feed as you try and talk to them about your view on independence. Your friend looks up blankly as they don't follow Alex Salmond or BBC News, so how could they possibly have any idea about what is going on?!  

These ten days have been a little stressful since I have to wait to get in contact over facebook, but it proved that I don't need it as much as I thought. There is a sense of relief. Katie can breathe! 

But I will be back in the UK where I will have a fully functioning phone again, so give me a follow! 
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  2. A short while ago, I was without my phone for a couple of days (I dropped it in water.) I so missed having Google at my finger tips; I look everything up anytime I have even a bit of a question. But I totally agree with you that it's important to put the phone away and have actual conversations. It's so rude when you're out to dinner and whomever your with is checking his or her phone. So frustrating! I can be guilty of it too, so I'm trying to be better about leaving it in my purse.

    1. I think it's something everyone should try and give up for at least a few hours. I'm going to take 1 day a week to turn my phone off. Well that's the plan anyway haha!