As you read this I am sitting on a beach, north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for one week of fun in the sun. Mrs PR and I like to get away a few times during the winter to sit on a beach or at a swimming pool. I will give a full update and cost breakdown next week.
November we went to Las Vegas and to stay current and plugged in I decided to bring my iPhone. Unfortunately with an old iPhone it has to be plugged in every night and I forgot my charger. After the initial panic I shut my phone off and enjoyed the rest of my holiday. This made me realized how attached I am to my phone and I didn’t like it.
Since Las Vegas, I have intentionally not been carrying my phone with me everywhere and try not to check emails as often. I didn’t realize how time consuming technology is. I have never been a user of social media, and just opened a Facebook page this year. Between checking emails and surfing the web I consume a few hours a day of technology.
Here is a few Stats from Statistic Brain
Percent who said their mobile phone is the first and last thing they look at each day 29 %
Percent who said they need to have the latest mobile technology 18 %
Percent who check their mobile device every 30 minutes or less 37 %
Percent who said they could only go a few hours without their mobile phone 34%
Percent who said they prefer to communicate by text message 32 %
Percent who have asked someone on a date via text 20 %
Percent who say their mobile device make them better parents 65 %
Percent who would take their mobile device to work over their lunch 66 %
Percent who do the following on their phone at least twice a week
Browse the internet 46 %
Listen to music 32 %
Search the internet 41 %
Read news or current events 36 %
Take pictures 36 %
Visit social networks 37 %
Play games 32 %
Navigate using GPS 18 %
Shop online 12 %
Receive payments 5 %
Video chat 9 %
Percent Who Use Their Phone While Doing Another Task
Seeing a movie 8 %
Driving a car 32 %
Playing with my children 35 %
Attending a party 37 %
Eating at a restaurant 36 %
Watching TV 61 %
Riding public transportation 36 %
Where You Place Your Mobile Phone While Sleeping at Night
Next to my bed 68 %
In the bedroom 16 %
In a different room from where I sleep 13 %
Other / Various 2 %
In the car 1 %
Giving up Technology for one Week
To continue with this experiment I am not bringing my laptop or cell phone with me to Mexico. I will enjoy the sun and the beach without electronics. We are staying with family so I will have access to internet and I will be checking the blog/emails at-least once well I am gone. Mrs PR will have her phone if needed and for emergencies.
What do you think, Have you gone any amount of time not plugged in ?
I hope you all have a great week and I will let you know how it went.