It always comes as a surprise to me when I go to parts of California that don’t have cell phone reception. Like most people, I take for granted the mechanization of my daily routine. Surfing the web, checking email, making a call, or getting a random unexpected text message are just par for the course every where I go in Sacramento.
Not long ago, being able to make a call on a mobile phone could be challenging even in urban areas. Dropped calls, dead zones, and general system failures happened often enough that most people were only mildly perturbed by the situations. Now, if I can’t check Twitter obsessively, I don’t know what to do with myself.
Maybe if I was the outdoorsy type, these escapes from technology wouldn’t be as shocking to my psyche. What am I supposed to do if I can’t surf the web or if I miss a text message? Read a book? What is this? 1985?