Not all great experiments are planned, some happen as the result of either a fortuitous or abysmal accident. Sometimes the actual incident’s association, good or bad, can’t be ascertained until the resultant experiment is complete. In my case it all started when I did something that in the past I had laughed at other people when they did it, letting judgement flow in hails of derisive laughter, namely I dropped my iPhone into the bog/pisseur/toilet. When I swept it out with panicky paws the case wouldn’t come off even though it had let a lot of fluids in. By the time I got it into a bag full of desiccant rich packing peanuts the damge was apparently done. When I shut the phone of the screen looked liked a Mondrian reject. Time for a new phone I decided
What to buy…
Initially I embraced my internal hipster and looked at downgraded flip phones. I’d show the Mega-Conglomerates and get me a DUMB PHONE. Yeah, I know, that lasted about 20 minutes. The nerd is strong in this one and the pendulum rapidly swung toward the shiniest of the shiny…an iPhone X. I logged onto my provider’s site and chatted the ears off some dude about what it would cost and so on. My internet acumen made sailing through the ordering process so quickly I didn’t take time to read the delivery date…until I pushed the order button. Then reality struck, my phone was apparently dead and I would be offline and outta touch until the new one got here.
Which would be in two and a half weeks.
Living without my iPhone
When the iPhone first came out a London newspaper did an article about learning to live without a smart phone after you had gotten used to the convenience of it. The writer tried to to go without for a week, he failed like a gibbering ape and expressed his relief when his iPhone was returned to him. Whereas I am sure there was a level of melodramatic flare inserted into the piece the overall tone was pretty serious.
That article came out about 3 months after the iPhone was introduced. I have be dependent on my iPhone for 10 years. So how long until I am reduced to a gibbering ape?