No Phone Experiment
First off, sorry, not so many posts lately. I was away and then quite busy with some good stuff going on with our company! :)
I have a lot to catch up on. Ill start here and hopefully will get to more today.
I was in Tahoe over the weekend taking a little R & R and snowboarding happily throughout the blissful landscape and sunshine (ahhhh California skiing). While there, my friend and I accidentally ran a little experiment by accident. Neither of us took our phones with us for the whole day. While I have to admit it was a most peaceful experience, it also cause a series of mishaps which inevitably caused someone to leave early. Yup. One of our friends, who had driven up from LA, went to a different mountain and tried feverishly to try to contact us throughout the day to make plans, etc. But because he couldn't get a hold of us all day, he assumed something was strange and when we returned back to the cabin he was gone... back to LA!!! Had we just returned one of his calls or text messages he would have been there to enjoy the warm fire afterwards.
Hence, the next day we took our phones... and all communication was blissful, all plans were good, and all friends happy.
While this was a bit extreme it just follows up to my last post, in that no one knows what to do anymore when the phones aren't working or not around. This was the most extreme example that has probably ever happened to me. I mean, a 9 hour drive because of no phone!!! While, both of us with out phones, knew that we would just meet him at the cabin afterwards, something in side the him said "this is odd" and thought something otherwise. Crazy? Perhaps. A sign of the times? Definitely.
Mobile is more than just technology. It's a lifestyle. But it's even more than that... I've been trying to put my finger on some terminology that will describes the pattern of communication that mobile phones offer... it offers real-time communication, and semi-real-time, and asynchronous, but it offers it all... more on that later.