I had a strange experience this weekend whilst camping with the family down in Kirkcudbright. Let me explain.
Recently I have noticed on my travels around Scotland that the mobile network is gradually improving to such a point that I now get 4G in so many more places than just 12 months ago. This is great for mobile working as I can now login to my clients systems much easier and much quicker without the need to park up and “find some signal”.
At the weekend though I had nothing. No bars on the phone (EE) and no internet whatsoever. I even tried by backup (Three) who are getting progressively better in Scotland and absolutely nothing there either. Here I was on a campsite in Dumfries and Galloway with absolutely no signal and for once this didn’t bother me. It was my reaction of “whatever I’m on hols” which surprised me if I am honest. I am so used to being online 247 checking the news, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, emails and general browsing that I had forgotten how satisfying it was just to relax and get away from it all. With no signal on my phone I didn’t have the chance to check my online stuff which made it even more satisfying.
We are so used to being “connected” online 247 that the thought of missing something important is too much for some people to bear. Going around with our heads in our phones checking our Facebook status’ and the like detaches us from what is actually going on around us.
Turn your phone off once in a while and lift your head up and see what is around you. You may find you like it!!
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