I left my phone at home today by accident. As a result, I've caught myself looking for my phone to check the time and for messages at least 3 times today. It's a weird experience to realize how dependent I am on that device. After walking across campus and noticing the various students who had headphones in their ears or a phone in their hands I kind of felt... dirty.
It was like I was watching people's secret lives, right there in front of me. Normally I'm in the cocoon of my own personal tech bubble, and thus able to ignore people in general. But I felt like a voyeur - I was on the outside, looking in and nobody knew it.
All because I left my phone at home.