“Why has the screen gone black? I just charged ii? Help me! I’m alone, oh no. Who do I turn to? What do I do?“. These were some of the thoughts that raced through my mind, as I stood queueing for my coffee one rainy morning this week. My heart rate increased, I could feel my anxiety levels raising, the world was closing in around me. The fear, the despair, the sadness. My phone has shut me out, closed me off. What do I do now? How can I stand here for five minutes waiting for my coffee with nothing to scroll through, nothing to like on Facebook and Instagram, unable to check my emails for the thirteenth time that morning. What if someone was trying to call me?
I pushed all the phone’s buttons, and then completely gave up. Screen, still black. All was over, the darkness had descended. I mentally powered down, switched off. “Skinny latte?“, the friendly barista called out, waking me up from my technology free stupor. “Thanks mate, have a good day, mine is basically over“, I groaned.
As I sipped my coffee in isolation (okay I still had my MacBook Air), I decided to find a quiet spot and reflect on this disaster. Twenty minutes later, for no apparent reason, my phone returned to life. Relief. I searched various forums and found this is supposedly a screen issue. You have to get it replaced. Ugh?! That sounds like a lot of work.
Since then it has been intermittently occurring, and I have been enjoying each instance more and more, making the most of the temporary electronic and technology detox. Here are some facts and fun about phones and why not having them causes us so much stress.
(By the way, when I write ‘phone’, I mean mobile, iPhone, cell, handy, movil etc. Just making sure my friends around the world are on the same page).
- The fear of having no phone signal or otherwise being unable to make or receive phone calls is called Nomophobia (taken from no–mobile-phone phobia, true story).
- The ring / vibrate of a phone causes the same chemical reactions in your brain as a baby’s cry does to a mother.
- Think your phone is expensive? $4000 was the cost of first mobile phone in the US, back in 1983. However, for a cool $15m, you can buy the iPhone 5 Black Diamond. It will take nine weeks to build, made of 135 gram solid gold of 24 carat and the chassis was inlaid with 600 white diamonds. Christmas present?
- Use your phone when on the loo (okay, I’ve been guilty)? Well watch out, in the UK more than 100,000 phones are dropped down in the toilet every year. Oi geezer, where’s me phone?
- In 1993, the world’s first Smartphone debuted at Florida’s Wireless World Conference by BellSouth Cellular, it had a LCD touch screen display. It was designed by IBM and named as Simon. Yup, Simon was a success story? Well done IBM.
- My favourite fact and I definitely suffer from this is Phantom vibration syndrome or phantom ringing is the sensation and false belief that one’s phone is vibrating or ringing, when in fact it is not. Happens to me all the time, scary stuff.
I could go on and on. If you have any fun facts please share them.
Thanks for reading.