Well, I have to admit defeat. I have my laptop backed up through my Carbonite subscription, my contacts backed up through Verizon Backup Assistant, but when my smartphone died on Monday (Droid Incredible 2), I did not have my apps or phone data backed up. Most of my apps sync to the Cloud, so I guess I thought that my phone didn’t need to be backed up. Now I’m kicking myself as I rack my brain for all the apps I had on my phone. Thank goodness I use Gmail for my email and calendar, so all the info is synced to the Cloud.

Fortunately my dust covered Blackberry Tour stared at me from atop my desk as I talked to Verizon phone support to troubleshoot and have a new phone sent out. He routed my cell service to my Tour so that I had some connection to the outside world.

I bought my Droid Incredible 2 back in July at Costco for a mere $29.99 with renewed 2-year agreement. Great deal for sure. It makes my Tour look like an antiquated device from eons ago . . .

But alas, text message conversations from friends I had saved, love texts from my darling husband, and thousands of photos . . . hopefully these are still on my phone’s memory card . . . I relied on my phone for lots of communication.

At the same time, I have been pondering the need for being so connected. Last week, I accidentally left my phone at home for hours, and surprisingly, no one perished because they couldn’t get a hold of me. None of my kids went off the deep end, heck, my husband didn’t even notice!

One of my site’s contributors, Bryan Brooks, runs the blog, TechSabbathHabit, and frequently writes on how to tame the technology beast and get your life back. On the flip side, all of us know friends and family members who are always connected and seem to comment on your latest Facebook post seconds after you post it. Sometimes this makes me feel like I’m not connected enough because I just can’t keep up with that.

Most of the moms I know have smartphones, even if they are housewives; my in-laws recently purchased iPhones because they felt they needed to keep up even though they don’t use the phones for social media, internet, or even email; anyone else you talk to feels way behind if they don’t have a smartphone. I ask, is it worth the cost both financially and emotionally if you don’t need to check work email 24/7?

So this post started out as a warning to you all to backup your smartphone data (if you want to learn how to do that, read this article). But I guess it has turned into my personal thoughts about being over-connected.

Am I the only one debating NOT having a smartphone? I keep thinking about saving the $30 per month and getting a “dumb-phone” just for calls and texts, and using my Droid on the Wi-Fi network at home, church, library, gym, Starbucks . . . Has anyone else contemplated this?

If you are a pastor, how do you tow the line between being connected and having some mental space? It is a hard line for sure, for all of us. I welcome a discussion here.

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, church technology PR consultant (http://lhpr.net) and founder of the blog ChurchTechToday (http://ChurchTechToday.com), Technology for Today’s Church.