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DIARY OF A
By Darryl Nielsen,
purchased my first mobile or "cellular" phone when I was
my happy children, doing happy things, while I stressed to
16. It was a 1990ish Motorola Flip Phone DPC, the Digital
perfectly frame their happiness).
Personal Communicator. The phone was about 9 inches
It's now been over a year (since July 2013) that I have been
long, 2 inches in depth and weighed about half a pound.
completely cellphone free. Yes, no smartphone ... and no
I carried it in my Roots brown leather messenger bag, along
dumb phone either. You can't immediately reach me in my
with my school textbooks. At the time, those books were the
car, at a conference or at a concert. You won't know by way of
only "text"-ing I took part in. It would take another 10 years
Foursquare or Facebook where I am.
until people sent, on average, ONE text a day.
For the sense of "freedom" I received
I no longer spend every moment of my waking
hours reviewing low-priority interrupts.
from this phone, I paid about $50 a month
No longer do I immediately view a
plus tax and fees for 300 minutes of "talk"
tweet @mentioning me, presumably
time. Each minute after cost me 20 cents.
Conversations were brief since most
of my friends still had cordless home
by the very person sitting across the
table from me. Nor am I immediately
notified of a close friend's Facebook status
landline phones, and well ... guys aren't
update confirming their personality likeness to
chatty. Almost every month, I kept it under
a character on their favourite television show,
300 minutes, except when I had a new
nor a text asking me if we have milk (if I'm not
girlfriend. An additional 60 minutes was a
at home, how will I know?).
breeze to accrue. For this luxury to talk to
As the smartphone has evolved over
my girlfriend, usually while on my work
the past handful of years, I noticed more
breaks, I "only" had to put in a few
"information anxiety" in my life. The
extra hours a month at the $6 per
hour minimum wage I received. It
smarter the phone got, the more I used it.
The more disorganized my thoughts and focus
was still yet another several years until
became. I put the phone down.
we had unlimited talk after 6 p.m. In those days,
After a few weeks of not anticipating the next
the phone systems would cripple at 6:01 p.m. with the entire
email or tweet or text by way of looking at my phone every
teenage population, simultaneously trying to call each other
few minutes, a natural calm and clarity befell me. I haven't
picked up the phone since. I now use social media only via a
My cell phone/smartphone resume:
* I've had more than 22 years of mobility in answering and
making "personal" telephone calls; half of those years
sending and receiving "personal" texts (not of the school
* I've had five years of mostly "personal" messaging via
home Wi-Fi connected tablet or my work PC, and mostly, to
help engage in person, by staying informed and to send an
invitation for coffee, lunch or a Sociable!
Yes, there are many professional, personal and social
benefits of a smartphone. Until I anticipate at least one high
priority interruption a day while mobile, I'll be "free" to be
BBM, five years composing and reading "work" email
the guy who's living in the moment, connecting, and when
wherever I was and at whatever time I chose, too.
face-to-face, only engaging with you and not a phone.
* I've had only a little over three years of being able to
Facebook, Tweet, send LinkedIn messages, Google
Darryl Nielsen is a Sales Manager at Hyatt Hotels and
an answer to any question that arose, and snap and
can't be reached while he's mobile but he can be reached at
immediately post photos to said social media (mostly of
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - September/October 2014
Welcome, New Members!
Audio Visuals: Past, Present, Future
The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi
6 Conference Space Properties to Transform Attendee Behavior
Are We Talking? Technology is Great, But…
Member Spotlight: Diary of a Cellphone-Less Sales Professional
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How to Leverage Crowdfunding to Innovate for Your Next Event
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