It doesn't matter how your phone lands...facing up, down, in water, bouncing or cartwheeling across the floor...your heart skips a beat as your breath sucks in, waiting in anticipation.
Mine fell a couple of days ago and hasn't worked since. My first reaction was...
Did it break? Will it still work? Please, please, pleeeeease...
The moment you realize your cell phone has died, it's not uncommon to go through different stages. You might not think you're too attached to your phone and you'd be fine without it, until these feelings set in.
1.) Denial: No. No, no, no. It's not broken. I just have to figure out how to fix it or shake it around and it will work again. Maybe if I shut it down and turn it back on again, everything will be fine. Yeah. That'll work.
2.) Anger: WHY AREN'T YOU WORKING? You stupid phone, turn on! You can't do this. I have too much information on you to lose. Do NOT do this.
3.) Bargaining: Okay. Everything will be fine. I'll just plug it in to charge and that will make it happy. I'm sure the battery was just low and nothing else is really wrong. Here you go. Nice phone.
4.) Depression: It's dead. It's totally broken and there's nothing I can do. Nothing works and I'll never be able to get any pictures, videos or memories off my phone again. Why didn't I save any of it? What am I going to do? The school...what if one of the kids gets sick and they can't reach me? What about work? What if my job sends a message? How will I check on daily information like time, temperature, my emails? I always listen to music...what now? I'll be disconnected from everything. How much is it going to cost to repair or replace it? I'm doomed.
5.) Acceptance: It's okay. I lived my whole life before without a cell phone and it'll be fine. The car will actually be nice without talking on the phone. I remember when listening to songs on the radio was the only option. The kids won't ask to play games on the phone and I won't get texts or messages throughout the day. There will be a sense of freedom and bit of reprieve simply by disconnecting from everything. The world will reappear and I'll notice people and things around me instead of constantly checking on my phone.
Oh look. Is that a bird? How nice.
Um, yeah. It's time to get another phone.
Editor's note: Even though I really have gone without my phone for a few days, this was meant to be funny. The scary part is when I talked to a recruiter recently, he told me that when he takes kids (18-19 year olds) phones away from them for approximately 3-4 hours during initial meetings/sessions, they look and act as if they were literally going through withdrawals. He said that because our generation and previous generations grew up without cell phones, we can manage without, however since this age hasn't, it's almost like an addiction and they don't know what to do without it. yieks.
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