The missing cellphone

We must ask ourselves how much constant accessibility and availability we want, and then be accountable for our decisions – as each choice involves trade-offs.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
June 1, 2018 10:58
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Illustrative photo: a man sees his face on multiple smart devices. (photo credit: TNS)

 
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I set out early one morning for my pre-sunrise walk with the skies threatening rain. Deciding about 20 minutes into the walk to check the weather on my smartphone, I discovered that my phone was not in my jacket pocket where I assumed I had placed it earlier. While I knew I had chatted with a friend just before 6 a.m. and messaged family in the States afterwards, I wasn’t at all mindful of putting my phone in my pocket, and having rushed off, I wondered if in fact I had even taken it at all.

A moment of feeling pleasantly relieved by having no phone and its accompanying heaviness, both literal and figurative, inspired me to keep on walking. My concern that I was being totally irresponsible by doing so set in after about 10 seconds, and doing an about-face, I retraced my steps, like Hansel and Gretel, all the way home.

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