1/2/14

"Give Me Your Cell Phone" . . .

I was talking with a friend the other day about digital communications and this age of e-mail, texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, DMing, instant messaging, Instagraming, Snapchatting, etc. etc. etc. and how we now have relationships that play out almost entirely in binary code.

The twist being that everything is there - in black and white - and maybe we don't see our relationships and interactions the same way our friends and observers do and that, often, the difference between us being happy and healthy might be having to give up our cell phones for a specified amount of time.

From that . . . inspiration struck. I am giving you my latest, amazing idea for a reality TV show that no one would ever, ever watch (this post is date and time stamped so don't run out and try to steal this fire, kids). 

You ready? Here it is . . . "Give Me Your Cell Phone".

Here's how it works:
  • Your friends/family/colleagues/other think you are doing yourself harm in a relationship
  • They realize that they might be able to help you either get the situation resolved (happier or done) by use of the various communication tools in your phone that allow them to be "you" (texting, e-mail, social media, etc.)
  • They walk up to you, their cell phone in hand, and say "Give me your cell phone for X minutes" (we thought five minutes is a good amount of time)
  • They unlock their phone and hand it to you. You do the same
  • The clock starts
  • The clock runs
  • The clock ends
  • You return each phone to its rightful owner
  • You can LOOK at what was said and done but you can not delete, edit, update, recant or even clarify what was done
How would this "work"? It puts the pressure on your friendship and bond to do no harm. YOU have their phone and THEY have your phone. Self regulation is the key. They might text a person and say "Leave me alone" or they may update your Facebook status to say "I'm not as happy as I could be - if you have ideas on how I can be happier, let me know." and you could go through all their pictures and send the self nudes to their high school math teacher. But that is probably not what would happen.

More than likely you would spend the time reading, looking, trying to educated yourself on the communications that have you concerned so you could be a more supportive and informed friend when the phones were returned and you went back to talking about solutions. 

Probably.

So would you be more or less likely to use your smart phones in ways that might not be in your best interest if you thought someone might someday challenge you to a game? Would you think twice? Would it be like the old days where you had to say things out loud to have them be heard? Would we be more civil? More or less honest? 

What do you think? You want to play a quick round of "Give Me Your Cell Phone"?