Smart phones have unbelievable power. I recently read that the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon had 1,300 times less computing power than an iPhone. And, I bet the iPhone takes better pictures than most of Apollo 11’s cameras.
Continuous connectivity, access to all the information the internet has to offer, games, and the ability to talk to family and friends from almost anywhere (it is a phone after all). All great features. But there’s an even more powerful feature.
It’s not just for flying.
Next time you’re asked to silence your cell phone, try airplane mode instead.
Going for a run, bike ride, or a workout at the gym? Airplane mode. Your music will play just fine. Better yet, how about listening to the rhythm of your own thoughts?
Having dinner? Airplane mode. Enjoy the sanctity of good food and good company (that would be the people at the dinner table with you).
Watching your kid’s game? Airplane mode. Try out the video capture capabilities of your phone without being interrupted by some alert.
Playing Risk with your kids? Airplane mode. Worldwide domination demands your undivided attention.
Walking on the beach with someone you love. Airplane mode. Hold their hand instead of your phone.
Continuous connectivity is amazing.
Airplane mode controls the very definition of “continuous.” That’s real power.
Use it wisely and enjoy being present.