Monday, February 25, 2013

What Would Happen If...

What would happen if you didn’t have your cell phone?  How would you manage?  What would you do?  Well, these are some questions I had to recently deal with myself.  My cell phone just went dead on me one day.  No explanations at all, it just stopped working….

I’d had the Blackberry Bold 9900 for almost 13 months; taken really good care of it and had never did any serious damage to it at all.  As a matter of fact, when I took it in to be serviced, the technician told me that “it’s in pristine condition,” while looking puzzled as to why it wasn’t working.

Well needless to say, I ended up contacting BlackBerry…  And after spending hours on the phone with BlackBerry’s tech support trying to connect it to my laptop so that I may retrieve my backed-up information, we came to the realization that it was unsalvageable (Couldn’t even get the light to turn on). 

Before accepting no as the final answer, I called a local cell phone repair company, explained the situation and was given the same diagnoses…  “Man was I crushed!!!”  No Cell Phone…  Then I started thinking about all of my creative thoughts, notes and recorded messages from spur of the moment ideas and other thoughts.   You see, when a thought comes to mind, I either record it or write it down and the cell phone makes it very easy to do because it’s very accessible and usually nearby. 

Anyhow, I’ve got to start anew…  Although I don’t quite understand this one, I’m rolling with it…  But in doing so, it made me think about how technology has crippled us to a certain extent. Examples…

  • Not remembering numbers: Back in the day, we had to remember numbers.  How many of you can recall a phone number if you had to without looking at your cell phone?

  • Remembering dates, appointments and meeting times:   How many of you can honestly say that you commit to your remembrance things of this sort?  (No cell phone alarms to remind you.)

Although technology is a very useful tool, we can become overly dependent on it…  So, in the event that you should experience the same thing…  Be prepared; begin by thinking “What Would Happen If There Were No Cell Phones!”


  1. Yataye this is so true. I do not know what I would do without my cell phone. I do not remember any telephone numbers and do not try to.

    I am so frighten sometimes that I will lose all my information as you did. I do back up all my contacts to i cloud for free up to a certain amount of storage. I also worry about all the information that I have on my computer also and all the pictures. A couple of weeks ago my computer was down and I was like what am I going to do now. I felt so lost without it and it was only a couple of days.

    Yes this technology generation gets us to use our brain less and then when we need it we have input everything in the technology and not our brain.

  2. Thanks for your reply "Betty Joggs!" Most people don't know what they would do, which is why I wrote the blog post asking the questions.

    I remember some numbers, but not as many as I'd remembered in previous times (before cell phones). What I've taken away from this experience is, I at least need to remember the "Very Important Ones," and find additional measure outside the "Backup."

    Unfortunately, that's one of the downsides of modern technology... when there's no access (or lose of information), it leaves one feeling helpless and lost.

    This can be remedied by making sure that "WE AS INDIVIDUALS" continue to ENGAGE OUR BRAINS (Utilizing Our Critical Thinking Skills) and not solely depend on technology...

    We mustn't forget that HUMANS INPUT and PROGRAM Technology. Remembering "OUR POWER..." Just more Food for Thought.... ;-)