Hey guys! What’s up? What’s new with you? Anything new? Nothing’s really new in the life of Lucas Thomas Korns. Everything’s the same Besides the fact that I don’t own a working phone anymore. I think I was about 16 when I got my first phone and I remember that all my friends already had one so getting my own meant that I was now one of them part of the connected I’ve gone through a lot of phones since then because I’ve broken a lot of phones since then For example, one phone I mysteriously lost in Iceland last year Luckily, I purchased phone insurance and Apple generously sent me this new phone It sucks Ever since opening up the box it has been nothing but problems. (Well this sucks!) The phone speaker doesn’t really work, the microphone randomly shuts off sometimes in the middle of calls, and the cord has to be in the exact position for it to charge but that’s not even the worst of it. So about a month ago one of my friends texted me asking me if I wanted to meet with him at a restaurant close to where I live and I said yes grabbed my wallet, keys, and of course my phone and set out the door Being pretty new to this city, I had to trust my phone to take me where I needed to go The restaurant was farther than I anticipated but with my phone it was impossible to get lost everything was fine and great until… My phone committed suicide! I don’t know how, but he ended himself! And in the process, almost ended me… Being stranded alone in a new city, lost, without any way to contact anyone. I think I need a new phone. The next day I planned on buying a new phone, but, then I gave it a second thought. Wait a second! I don’t need to buy a new phone! I can live my life without a phone! And that was the start of my month without a phone. One month of navigating a new city without a GPS… One month of having to use payphones… And one month without a sure cure for life’s awkward situations. And let me just go ahead and say that living without a phone for me has… well… it sucked. The month started out okay like, it was honestly really liberating to live my life phoneless Well today is day number one without a phone and I kinda like it… it’s liberating I feel free But as I was continuously being left out of different gatherings because no one had a way to contact me It broke my heart! Whyyy! Living without a phone for me is really hard. Yeah, I think it’s pretty safe to say that from personal experience the world we live in in this age, really isn’t meant to be lived phoneless. In fact in 2015, 93% of Americans owned some sort of cell phone. That’s basically everyone. Everyone is using the same way to connect with everyone and what happens if you’re left out of this necessary form of connection? You’re left alone. You miss out on opportunities. You get left out of that group chat conversation… You missed that invite to that party… You miss that phone call from your mom And how are you going to relate to those Pokemon Go conversations??? Is that even still played? Wouldn’t know… Planet Earth is changing. Humanity is evolving and technology is rising We’re living in an age of constant change a constant battle between humanity and our phones Technology rules our world and that’s no secret. And as I spin around Google Earth, I hope you can visualize how our planet is changing. No, but for real It’s actually happening. Take physical maps, for example They’re really hard to come across these days. Also look at payphones; they’re going extinct. Oh and phone books basically don’t exist anymore. Go ahead try and find one. This is simply the world that we live in today. I don’t think it’s any better than before, but, it’s certainly not worse. It’s no secret that we use our phones for pretty much everything but I’ll admit that I really don’t think it’s as bad as people say. Technology really seems to be getting a lot of bad press recently Like somehow we’re being brainwashed with the rise of technology But I think I totally disagree. So, it’s been, like, three weeks, since I’ve lived without a phone And you know what I realize? The older generation always tries to give us a hard time because they think that phones are making us more antisocial but I’ve really never been more antisocial in my life than in the last three weeks. Like yeah, phones can be dangerous and they can serve as a distraction for more important things there needs to be lines that are drawn in your own personal life but, phone’s are really powerful and really useful… I’ll admit that you can never really beat a real life, in person conversation. but text conversations can really be beautiful. Dude! It’s been so long! Being able to talk face to face with friends from across the world, pretty cool! So instead of fighting the direction of technological progress our world is rising towards, I’ll join myself with the norm once again. Once again connected. Once again equipped with these. Everywhere I go, I will have a connection. Yeah, maybe my entire life can fit in my front pocket. But, oddly enough, I’m okay with that.