Running Through the 6 with No Phone

Going six consecutive hours with no cell phone showed me how often I wait to be interrupted by social media and messaging.

My Media Writing professor walked in on Monday morning March 23 and notified my class that we would have to turn off our phones for six hours, blog about our experience and turn in the writing the following Monday.

I decided to turn it off when I was about to go to work at the LSU Student Union Theater. I figured a five-hour work shift would be the easiest time to part ways from Snapchat and Instagram and focus on my job. I was a greeter for an academic scholars program stationed in the theater lobby.

I could not decide whether having no phone was a great thing or a bad thing.

I discovered that when my dead phone was in my pocket, I was inclined to check the time of day almost every other minute. I pulled it out numerous times only to find a dark screen. I also discovered that I could no longer document every part of my shift or see what other people were doing during their day. I anxiously waited for a text or notification. There was no escape when I became bored. Finally, I decided to go lock my phone up in the office.

When I parted ways with my phone, I became more at ease. I started really analyzing the world around me. I talked with interesting people I would’ve otherwise documented on Snapchat. When I was alone, I thought about my past, present and future and began a mental list of people and events I was grateful for.

It was much easier to have no phone at all, than a turned-off phone taunting me in my pocket.