Being a small business owner, I don’t turn off entirely for a week; would a parent leave their toddler and not check on them? Would Romeo not send Juliet a cheeky text or two? Could a lottery winner go without checking their bank balance?
But being liberated from my emails and phone calls throughout the day made me appreciate the beauty of the Cornish countryside, the laughter of my wife and children, and strangely, the relationship I have with my phone.
We are all tethered to our devices, and are vilified for it by the faux luddites amongst us, but the tech is there for a reason, and has improved our knowledge and general standard of living immensely.
Like it or not, we have a relationship with that little box in our pocket, and going without it makes the 10 minutes together that much sweeter. I doubt Shakespeare would have written “The Two Gentlemen of Samsung” or “The iPhone of Lucretia” were he alive today, but you can certainly bet he’d have had a lot of tech in his sonnets and plays – They’d all have been written in Word for a start.
The SmartPhone then, is more the Nurse to Juliet or the Porter to Macbeth.
Not the Ophelia nor the Desdemona.
So yes, I am having a relationship with my iPhone, but it’s purely platonic.