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I went to a social media day Wednesday, that big meetup by Mashable.
I didn’t tweet. I didn’t Facebook. I didn’t Whrrl or take a picture. I didn’t even call home to tell my husband I was on my way.
I was kicking it old school.
Not by choice.
See, my iPhone, my iPrecious, met with a horrible fate.
I was at the pool the other day for the kids’ swimming lessons, and I had to bring X with me. He decided that yes, he would like to go in the wading pool. Whether I wanted him to or not. I luckily had a swim diaper with me, so I put it on him, then put his shorts back on, and in we went.
I grabbed my phone and called David to tell him to bring over a towel and new shorts for X. But I never got a chance to put the phone back, as X wanted to run. Through the pool. Without holding my hand. So I’m chasing him, and, of course, he goes down. Backwards. He’s flailing around underwater and I grabbed him – with both hands.
Do you see the problem? Yep. One of my hands STILL HELD THE PHONE.
It went swimming.
And it drowned.
So while it was totally weird to be at a social media event without access to, you know, social media, I didn’t mind.
Frankly, it’s been liberating.
There’s no urge to check anything. No email. No Tweetdeck. No Facebook.
I admit it does suck that I can’t access anyone’s phone numbers. David has totally dismantled it in an attempt to dry it out. So far, it hasn’t been resuscitated. If I haven’t returned your text or call, now you know why.
I went back to the pool for the kids’ lessons today (without X) and you know what I did? I spent the time chatting with another mom. There was no glancing down at my phone, no multi-tasking at all.
Hell, I didn’t even have a clue what time it was.
It’s like the olden days. You know, like back when I was in my teens. When there was no Internet (I KNOW!) or cell phones. And social media? Was a friendly reporter.
We actually paid attention to each other back then. Without distraction. Except for that crazy rock music.
I know my phone-less days are numbered. It’s probably not a great idea to be out of touch, especially when I’m driving around with three kids. Just in case something happens.
But honestly? For now, I’m loving it.
Can you imagine even a day without your iPhone/Crackberry/Evo/Razor/Whatevs?