Disclosure: As part of The Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 10+ years.
OK~ Do you ever wondered how connected you really are to your cell phone? We have cruised on a couple Carnival cruises over the past four months with limited internet service and I will admit it, I missed my smartphone. The actual calling part of it, not so much, but the ability to remain connected to everyone was difficult to do. I am fortunate enough to be a U.S. Cellular customer and experience their fast, reliable network. I have grown to love how quickly and conveniently I can connect with my friends and family.
My smartphone would have been a great companion while on board the cruise ship. Just the ability to text each other as to where we were on the ship would have made the cruise a whole lot sweeter. All in all, I love cruising and YES, I will cruise again! Seriously, this in-ability to stay connected, just about killed me. I was also a little worried as to if I would miss an e-mail from a client, which could have led to an opportunity that I would have liked to participate in. I was not willing to pay for international charges, so this was my best option.
Mark Malkoff, recently took the No Phone Challenge. Mark gave up his phone for a full, so called "normal" week. I honestly don't think I could even go one full week without my cell phone while at home. Check out how Mark was feeling by Day #7!
Just imagine, all of the day to day things that we rely on our smart phones for! Just like Mark, I would have to re-train an actual alarm clock in the house, better yet, I would have to find it! Vacation time was hard to be disconnected, but in my day to day life, I really don't think I could do it.
I would find myself begging to borrow someone else's phone to make a phone call. Seriously, I do not even know if we have any pay phones in our local town anymore, are they still around? If they are, I am sure it's no longer a dime or a quarter to make a phone call.
In all honesty, I missed being able to pick up my smart phone and check out what my sons and family were doing. Social media has opened the doorway for all of us to stay connected with our families 24/7 and I really missed that. Finally, after picking up my phone several times and staring at a blank screen, I put it in a drawer- dang, that was hard to do. I wonder how many cruising people dig that phone out of that drawer? Disclosure: This Mom left it in the drawer- nail biting and all!
With nearly half of American's pledging to communicate more often with family and friends in 2014, mobile phones will prove to be essential for those looking to create better moments with those they care about. So essential in fact, that one in five smartphone owners would rather live without food and water than their mobile devices, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. More than 75 percent of smartphone users would rather live without chocolate, while 69 percent would rather live without caffeine. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?