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  • Breaking Up With My Cellphone: The Weekend I'll Never Forget

    by Bolanle Oladokun | Feb 23, 2017
    <p><strong>History</strong></p> <p>I received my first cellphone in 5th grade. It was a white Cingular flip phone with red hearts and glitter on it. I couldn&rsquo;t use it for much because I was only allotted 50 ingoing and outgoing text messages (total) and the internet didn&rsquo;t work. During the first few months, I ran up the bill to $300 because I went over my text message limit. The phone company took the charge off, but I knew it would happen again. Several cellphones later, I eventually had a phone with internet on it. It was a gold Razr phone. I left it in my school skirt and it got washed in the washing machine. Needless to say, my parents weren&rsquo;t too pleased. Luckily, I was able to have my sister&rsquo;s old flip phone and charged up the internet bill to $1,000. Again, the cellphone company took it off, but they forced me to enroll in my first data plan. </p> <p><strong>My First Smart Phone</strong></p> <p>I received Chester the iPhone (don&rsquo;t judge me, yes I named it) Christmas of my first year of college. We went everywhere together. I used it as an alarm clock, camera, a source of entertainment when I was bored, and thing to look at when I got into awkward situations or when I wasn&rsquo;t comfortable looking at another person when I walked passed them (you do it too). It was in my hands at all times. </p> <p><strong>The Day Chester Gave Up</strong></p> <p>On February 16, 2017 at approximately 11:30am, my phone dropped at the Jo Young Switzer Center for the last time. I was talking with Berta (who works at the register) and it just fell. The screen split from the phone and it was unfixable. At that point, I was fine because I went to my classes and my professors have policies against them. When I got back, I immediately called my Mom and Dad and they let me know that I would be without a phone until Monday (cue dramatic music).</p> <p><strong>Friday</strong></p> <p>The day started off pretty well. Again my classes have policies about cell phones and it didn&rsquo;t bother me &hellip;that much. However, I notice something strange was happening. I felt unplugged and disconnected from the world. When classes would end, I&rsquo;d often see my peers immediately bring out their cellphones and look. For once, I was forced to face my boring surroundings. As the day progressed, I started to get antsy. We went Walmart and everyone was looking at their cellphones to and from there. I was forced to make conversation, but no one was biting. </p> <p><strong>Saturday</strong></p> <p>I used my laptop to go on Facebook. Facebook messenger is super impersonal and none of my friends liked communicating with me. I also look at SnapChat daily and it gives me updates on the people around me. I panicked and found an emulator that would allow me to use it on my laptop. I could see messages, but it wouldn&rsquo;t let me send or look at Snapchat stories.</p> <p><strong>Sunday</strong></p> <p>This was probably the worst day ever. My parents called and alerted me that the next day was President&rsquo;s Day and I&rsquo;d probably get my phone Tuesday. I relied on Facebook to tell me what was going on in the world. (Side note: the layout on Facebook is so much better on mobile.)</p> <p><strong>Monday</strong></p> <p>I went to class in the morning with no sense of time because I use my phone as a clock. I went to lunch and went back to dorm. I saw the email from the campus bookstore and ran the fastest I could. My heart was beating rapidly and it was first time I was happy that it was not a care package, but my brand new cellphone. I immediately turned it on and started downloading all of my apps back.</p> <p><strong>Lesson Learned</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;ve learned that my cellphone has many uses and it may not be good to rely on it for so many things. Therefore, I plan to buy an actual watch to track time and maybe cutback on how long I use my cellphone. Human contact is the best contact.</p> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/bolanleoladokun.jpg?sfvrsn=5f75b362_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="BolanleOladokun" title="BolanleOladokun" /><br /> <em>Bolanle Oladokun &rsquo;18 is a Communication Studies Major. Since she was a kid, she&rsquo;s always loved to talk and frequently got into trouble at school for talking so much. She loves making people laugh, recording videos, and hanging out with friends. She&rsquo;s happy to be able to use her gift to put a smile on people&rsquo;s faces.</em>