*Sigh.* Yes, really. I can't help it. While DB is talking to me, I'm listening, really I am, but I can't help looking down at my screen. I steal a quick glance down at the screen, ignoring the gesturing of his hands he feels is absolutely necessary for me to understand what he's talking about. Reloading my inbox. Checking in on my Twitter feed. Refreshing my Facebook News Feed. Its this compulsion. And usually, there's not much going on. But I can't not check. And I usually get in trouble for it.
I identified this as an issue for me when I was at the spa the a couple weeks ago. They ask you to turn off your phone. Fine, I'm not so far gone that I must tweet during a massage. So I turned it off and locked it up with my clothes. But I'd arrived early and had to wait a good half hour in my bathrobe before my treatment. I didn't want to get in the sauna and be all hot and sweaty for the masseuse. There wasn't much else going on in there, just a trickling water fountain, some lounge chairs and spring water with trail mix cups. You're supposed to be getting in 'the zone.' So I sat there, aimlessly flipping through an old magazine. All the while my brain was jonesing for my phone. I'd keep it on silent, but I had this compulsion to check my stuff. What if something was going on? I didn't really care, but I had this huge gap of downtime and not having my gadget to fill the space was painful. Literally painful. I just couldn't risk getting thrown out before my massage.
The saddest part was when it was done, I turned on my phone and I had no email or facebook updates. Pathetic.
Then, of course, The Great Blackout of 2011. No power, no phone, no internet and no cell service. I was going out of my mind. I drove to Tennessee to get my iPhone to work again. Must have it. Need it! I felt so disconnected from the whole world.
So, have you developed any new addictions lately? Do you have the same problem with your smartphone?