“Unplugged” – Microfiction About Phone Addiction

“Unplugged” by Jessica Brook Martinez

I am going camping so I can get—hold on, I just got a text. Okay. It wasn’t important. What was I saying?

Oh yeah. I want to be—wait. Another notification.

Hah! That’s a cute dog video. Have you seen this one? Let me show you.  

Crap. Now there’s an ad. It’s for a new sleeping bag. Wow! That’s right. I do need that.

My phone really knows me better than I know myself. It’s kinda creepy.  

That’s why I need to get unplugged. I just need to take some time to be in nature. No screens. No notifications. Just me, the trees, the autumn air, and the crackle of the campfire. It’ll be nice to finally be alone with my own thoughts.   But first, I need to buy a new sleeping bag. Oh look. Here’s an email with a special offer. 

(Image from Microsoft Word clip art)