Try being conscious about your phone use for the day. An easy way to do that is to count the number of times you reach into your pocket to pull it out and look at it. It should be about 72 million times a day, give or take a few pulls.
Or you could just leave your phone at home when you go out somewhere. Count how many seconds it takes before anxiety sets in.
So you can only imagine the horror that Twitter user Liz Bertorelli felt when she somehow dropped her phone onto her downstairs neighbor's balcony.
She watched, utterly helpless, as her phone moved on without her, receiving notifications that went unchecked. She dropped a note for her neighbor to find, but the wind got in the way.
Users chimed in, offering helpful solutions to her no-phone dilemma.
My first thought would be to hang a sign down. More visible and you can draw cartoons on the back— Carson Shold (@cshold) October 4, 2017
tie a pair of tongs to a string and play the ultimate claw game— Christian Mackie (@mackiechr) October 4, 2017
She then committed to some ideas to see if anything would help get her phone back.
I've got a Swifter and duck tape. Wish me luck.— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
Thought: Is this how Romeo and Juliette felt? 💔📱— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
She started getting desperate.
But at least she kept her humor intact throughout the trying ordeal.
Some people demanded to know just where the heck their neighbors were after all this time.
omg, hilarious. Are the people downstairs not home? You need to pull a Mission Impossible and get yourself hoisted down there.— Cathryn (@cathrynlavery) October 4, 2017
Knocked, nobody's home. If they're on vacation....— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
Sadly, she needed to leave for work without her phone.
Update: At work without my iPhone, seeing everyone else with their iPhones. Feeling lost and alone 💔📱— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
It turns out the imminent threat of rain became a valid concern.
HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO PREOCCUPY MYSELF ON TOILET WITHOUT AN IPHONE?? 🚨 ASKING FOR A FRIEND 🚨— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
Someone suggested she contact her building super.
call landlord to ask for help & # / get ahold of apartment rent/owner, make them aware of situation?— Br⭕️ck Falfas™[NO2X] (@BrockFalfas) October 4, 2017
But she already tried that.
I own so I called the super of the building, waiiiiting 🤞— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
Her downstairs neighbors still didn't pull through, either.
Update: Went to knock on neighbours door for the 3rd time, no luck. They're either on vacation, always working or always sleeping 💁— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 4, 2017
She tried gathering all her phone saving items in her home to see if anything could be done.
But all she could do was still watch her notifications roll in, completely helpless to check them.
But she did come up with a way to protect her precious phone from the merciless elements.
Liz still doesn't have her phone back, but she's holding out hope.
Update: At work, can't attempt anymore rescue missions atm. Let's all hope for a nice, dry weather forecast. Back at it when I get home 💪— Liz Bertorelli (@liznlbee) October 5, 2017