Life offered me the opportunity of a mobile phone detox . I grabbed it with both hands. Why wouldn’t you if you were stupid enough to leave your phone at someone’s place.? Yes, I could have jumped back in the car and done a two hour round trip again. I didn’t. Dare I go without my phone for a week? I took life’s challenge. As it turned out , it was no big deal to be in a mobile phone free zone for a week but when I got my phone back today I confess I was really pleased to see it. Took me until yesterday to work out I had my phone contacts backed up on my computer. Not having my mobile phone put holes in my thinking! When I left it behind I contacted people who were likely to use my mobile number by sending and email and letting them know. The rest of the week I used email or Facebook to keep in touch. I have a landline. I made calls that way. When I was out I couldn’t contact anyone and it also meant if I had a flat tyre or breakdown I’d be back to the olden days looking for a landline to make a call. We don’t have phone boxes anymore. On the train to town I couldn’t use my memo app, my calendar , my games or texting. I used a pen and paper to try and create my mock up for my blog post. The train was rocking and sliding. The couple across the way from me were laughing with me at the impossibility of writing or drawing on our nice new Adelaide trains. I could have taken my small tablet but it would have defeated the purpose of seeing what it was like without a phone for a week. I managed well without a phone but a mobile phone does make things easier and it does keep you safe. When I put it on today and connected to wifi it went mad updating apps and sending me all the message and notification updates. For 20 minutes it was crazy. Now all is silent. I especially like taking photos with it. I missed checking the weather. I missed making notes and I missed the Samsung notification whistle. Staying up to date is effortless that way. For me it is a handy device but I have to say after a week without one I could adjust easily to not having one. For me its prime functions are keeping me safe and to take photos. What would happen in your life if you didn’t have a phone for a week?