Escape from bondage.

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

Whether we like it or not the modern world has created a form of bondage that is hard to escape. Widespread access to the internet, with its hundreds of media outlets and social media, have us tuned in to the digital world 24 hours a day.

In all fairness, it would be difficult to conduct business without the quick access to information that the digital age has afforded us. We can find almost any form of information with just a few keystrokes.

I never want to go back to the old days of telephone books, catalogs, and paper maps. Nor do I wish to return to limiting my television entertainment to six channels.

Yet, at the same time, we have created a form of captivity, one of our own making. All too often you see people that cannot stop looking at their screens. Often more than one at a time.

Today I escaped my bondage, at least temporarily. I was playing an early morning tennis match and decided to walk to the courts about ¾ mile from my home. About halfway there I realized I had left my phone at home. At first, I was flustered. What to do? Should I turn around and go back home and retrieve my electronic companion? As I paused for a second it dawned on me that I really did not need it. I could disappear from the internet and the world would be fine without me.

I am sure my phone was confused. In my calendar was an appointment to play tennis. Like any good phone, it was likely trying in vain to alert me that it was time to leave. It did not know that I had left it on my dresser long past the time I was supposed to be in another place. As expected, when I got home there was an unacknowledged alert on my phone reminding me to play. No worries, I was on time.

If you are wondering, I won my match. Even without my phone.

Chaine Phone

Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com

 

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Comments (10)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- oh yes my phone goes everywhere with me. We once left for dinner, not far away, when I realized I'd left my phone at home. After 10 seconds of sheer panic, I realized that the primary person I wanted to be in touch with was in the car with me. And, things would be fine...we were only apart for about an hour. 

Apr 06, 2021 01:24 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Crazy how our first intinct is panic. Maybe it is concernthat we misplaced it?

Apr 07, 2021 09:56 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

We should make it a mental health practice to walk away from these bondage devices for a least an hour a day...and definitely while we sleep!

Apr 06, 2021 01:34 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I use DND at night, but it still is on the nightstand, just in case.

Apr 07, 2021 09:57 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Apr 06, 2021 01:35 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You

Apr 07, 2021 09:57 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Joe I so understand as I think we all do.  There have been many times this past 3 or so years that I simply stay off my phone or online anywhere for that matter. Nothing is missed....much more is gained. Peace of Mind.

Apr 06, 2021 02:03 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I think our lives would be less stressful if we just disconnect a little more often.

Apr 07, 2021 09:58 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am wondering if once the pandemic is under more control, if we will unleash ourselves from tech gadgets that seem to have been our port hole to the outside world.  There are times when I miss when the MLS was a book published once a week and delivered to our office door on Saturday mornings.

Apr 06, 2021 06:38 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Perhaps if we get out of the house more often, I can't wait to start traveling again.

Apr 07, 2021 09:59 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 06, 2021 06:39 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You.

Apr 07, 2021 10:00 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joseph,
The few times I have left my phone home I had the same reaction... should I go back. When I accepted I didn't have it I found it liberating. It is difficult now, though, because I am the emergency contact for a family member who is in assisted living. If I ever leave my phone, it isn't for long. 

Apr 09, 2021 02:10 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

We get so many junk calls these days, it is liberating to not have your phone ringing all the time. But it is good when an emergency arises to be available.

Apr 09, 2021 06:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - double congratulations.  On the tennis win as well as on the telephone front.  

Apr 09, 2021 05:23 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Michael.

Apr 09, 2021 06:47 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi, you survived without it. I do know the initial panic though, it's kind of like our remote office. :) 

Apr 09, 2021 11:20 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, I survived. Likely I wasn't distracted by someone letting me know my car warranty had expired.

Apr 12, 2021 04:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, if I leave home and find I forgot my phone, it is an IMMEDIATE panic that sets in.   I too never want to return to those days without it though!  

Apr 12, 2021 10:12 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

It is like forgetting your wallet.

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