Forget your phone

When was the last time you left your phone at home? Or in the car? And how did it make you feel?

I went to dinner the other week with my family and I forgot my phone in the car. My first instinct was to get it...but this is Japan, not America, nobody is going to smash in my window to get a cellphone, so I left it. And I'm glad I did.

Maybe it was the warm light in the restaurant contrasting with the cool and clear autumn night, but, during dinner, I found I could relax and focus on conversation. After I finished eating when there's a lull in the conversation, there was no urge to cycle between the same 3 sites to check if anything had changed since the last time I checked 3 minutes ago.

It reminded me of when my wife and I were still dating and we'd grab a meal. We had phones and they were connected to the internet, but data was slow and expensive, the screens were tiny, there weren't push notifications from corporations selling their wares.Β 

You could just be.

I think I'll forget my phone more often.
  • @jamesvandyne I do it on purpose sometimes, and just go out with my watch (which has cellular, and is set up only for notifications from immediate family). It's a very nice minimal phone; no browsing or That said, my phone has been my only camera for years, so I sometimes miss photos.