Before you read this, do me a favor – step back for a second and think about how much you used your smartphone or computer this weekend. A lot, right? Now how much of that time was spent making plans? A little less, sure, but still a lot.
Not to mention it’s Sunday night (at least it is for another 20 or so minutes here on the east coast), which translates into everyone uploading pictures from said smartphones, digitally displaying their weekend shenanigans.
As I sit here and reflect on the past two days, something rather interesting dawned on me – how critical my phone was in the process. More specifically, how much social networking played a enormous part in it – what happened, what I did, keeping track of when I was working, keeping track of what I was doing in general, etc. Using iMessage to contact my fellow iPhoners, texting the rest, Facebook to handle that crowd, tweeting at people about meetups and anything else, emailing constantly…you name it, I did it (and I’m sure you did, too). Talking about the games online, getting my drink on, writing, networking, it all revolved around technology.
Which, after some time, made me draw this conclusion – it is impossible to make plans without technology. Or almost do anything, for that matter.
For example, I accidentally left my computer at my girlfriend’s place for a few hours by accident (and in the process, locking myself out since her friends are in town and they have my key), and those few hours were hell. Even though I had my 4S on me and could handle things on that, it just wasn’t the same – I couldn’t write this article, I couldn’t generate a newsletter for an internship I’m working for, I felt completely useless and unproductive. Sure, it sounds pathetic, but test yourself – turn your computer off for 3 hours and see how much it bothers you.
I hate to admit it, but I feel disconnected without it. I take it just about everywhere with me, and most certainly take having it for granted, so when it’s unavailable, things become ten times more difficult.
Anyway, this is a topic I definitely want to explore at a later time, but I was curious to hear what you guys thought more than anything. How much of your weekend was planned in your palm?