My smartphone has been dead since Friday morning when it didn’t wake me up to get the kids off to school. (Michael was out of town on business, and I woke up on my own at 6:53 a.m. with Walsh’s carpool ride sitting outside my house and Lilina’s ride coming in 17 minutes.)
My smartphone is my phone, camera, internet, calendar and alarm clock to remind me to do important things like pick up my children. It also entertains me while waiting in carpool with Candy Crush, Facebook and Twitter.
I was pretty upset that my smartphone let me down. My irritation continued on Saturday when I couldn’t revive it and had to make sure the babysitter had Michael’s number in her phone and vice versa.
However, when we arrived at the wedding that night it was very liberating not to have a phone. I didn’t feel the need to check it all the time or document everything by video or photography. I just enjoyed the company, food, drink and music.
It still wasn’t working on Sunday so Monday I took it in to the store. I was a little bit worried about what if a school needed to get me and I couldn’t talk to a friend while I walked, but it was kind of nice not to have it.
My youngest had a ballet demonstration Monday afternoon, and it was again very liberating not to be “shooting” the event for my husband or parents but just to sit there and enjoy her “dancing.” I say dancing loosely – there was a lot of tummy scratching and pulling her leotard out of her behind. But I enjoyed every minute of it, while the other parents shot if for posterity – or Facebook. Also one mom’s phone started ringing during the performance.
Louis C.K. did a bit for HBO comedy special about parents with the ipads literally covering their faces shooting their kids’ performances. (Here is a You Tube video of the bit. It does have a few curse words and is gross at the end.)
“My daughter was having a dance thing at her school. They had this big dance. Anyway, we all went, all the parents, and everybody’s there, and everybody’s got their phone, every single parent. It was an amazing thing to watch ’cause kids are and every parent is standing there like this. Every single person was blocking their vision of their actual child with their phone, and the kids– I went over by the stage and the kids– there’s people holding iPads in front of their faces. It looked like we’re all in the witness protection program. Like, the kids can’t see their parents, and everybody’s watching a @#@#$ movie Of something that’s happening ten feet. Like, look at your @#$#$ kid. The resolution on the kid is unbelievable if you just look. It’s totally HD. Why are you taping this? You’re never gonna watch it. In a million years, you’re not gonna watch videos Of your kids doing shit you missed the first time it happened. You don’t watch it. You just put it on facebook. “here, you watch it. I wanna take a nap now.” And then you get to read all the comments.
- “my God! It’s so cute! Ngaah!”
And guess what? They’re not watching it, either. They’re not watching the video. These kids are dancing for no one. Nobody watches the videos on your Facebook. They see the first frame of a kid and they go:
- “that’s very nice. Ok. Back to this.”
It gets dirtier from there but I think for the most part he is right on. (I will click on the Vine videos of my cousin’s baby but she is really cute.)
I’m not going to give up my smartphone, but I think my four-day hiatus will make me rethink how much I use it. I will put it down at events and try not to feel the need to document everything.
Did it not happen if you didn’t take a photo of it? How many photos do you have on your smartphone? Do you think people are watching your videos? Do you watch your kids’ events through the screen of your phone or do you really watch it? Could you cut back on your smartphone usage?