The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed”

David Cain at Rapitude wrote a thousand words on his experience at a concert that was set up to be a No Phones” experience.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]Our phones drain the life out of a room. They give everyone a push-button way to completely disengage their mind from their surroundings, while their body remains in the room, only minimally aware of itself. Essentially, we all have a risk-free ripcord we can pull at the first pang of boredom or desire for novelty, and of course those pangs occur constantly.[/perfectpullquote]

He also peeks into the future and sees this idea:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]I imagine that in another decade or two we’ll look at 2010s-era device use something like we do now with cigarette smoking. I was born in 1980, and I remember smoking sections on planes, which is unthinkable today. I wonder if today’s kids will one day vaguely remember the brief, bizarre time when people didn’t think twice about lighting up a screen in the middle of a darkened concert hall.[/perfectpullquote]

I think he has a real point. It’s hard to look back and not see how my grandkids will view our interconnected, always on, boredom elimination activities.