So I went online, found the best possible smartphone, and placed an order.
It arrived the other day... And I instantly got less fun.
Let me give you an example.
We went to Costco on Saturday. And I always bring my A-game when we go to Costco.
It felt bland. Like an errand. Like I wasn't myself. I mean, I didn't even freaking notice when Justin wheeled me by a $100 surfboard display (!!!) until he said something. Without his mindfulness, this
He tried to bring me back into the moment by asking me questions, telling me stories and spinning the cart around really fast and crashing it into things. But I mostly just ignored him.
Finally, in a last-ditch effort, my boyfriend called. He said he wanted his girlfriend back.
Obviously, a problem that is caused by technology can also be solved by technology, right?
When I made this observation to the guy who helped me at The North Face (no big deal, just shopping for a Thermoball to wear trekking in Patagonia) yesterday, he said, "Yes! They already have that. My friend has an app where you can hold your phone to your lips and it sends a virtual kiss to your partner. If you do it at the same time, it vibrates or something."
But that's actually sort of the opposite of what I had in mind. If they haven't already, I think someone should make an app that senses when you are near your partner... and then turns off your notifications.
But then again, why would you only want to be present around your partner? What about when you're in a cool city (remember: travel like you live,live like you travel)? Or in nature? Or with your family? Wouldn't you want your notifications to be turned off then, too?
Which really just begs the question, Why did I get a smart phone in the first place?
To learn more about this, check out:
Everything's Always Worth It: Reclaiming the 15 Minutes
How iPads Kill Happiness and Creativity
Build Your Own Adult Playground - And Re-exeperience the Joy of Childhood