Personally, I keep my phone not in my pocket, but in my bag with the rest of my connectivity gadgets. When it’s charging on the wall, there’s a pretty good chance its in Airplane mode and I’m elsewhere.
When the telephone was first introduced, it was a synchronous medium. Today – with voicemail, text messages, and the like, it is much more of an asynchronous medium. Giving us the power to use it on our terms.
“…it’s easy to be distracted and place value on outside noise instead of focusing on the task at hand or important things in life. With this…I am taking myself out of FB and quieting the noise around me. It’s just not necessary for me to keep in touch with those that mean the most to me.” – a recently deactivated Facebook friend
“Disconnect for a day or two. Put your phone in airplane mode for most of the day; turn off your laptop’s WiFi for the other 23 hours. Plan a project and complete it without using anything more than your phone’s 3G as a reference manual. The world won’t go anywhere—you just may find that you’re a little bit happier.”
“…the new Sabbath Manifesto app, for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other smartphones, announces to your social networks and online community through Facebook and Twitter that you are unplugging and will not be available online. Users can also sign up for text alerts that will remind them on Friday to unplug.
” – Tanya Schevitz