A few weeks ago I was scolded by a woman at a bus stop, for being on my phone when I could have been talking to my boy. Usually I'm politely dismissive of unsolicited advice but I had to admit that this woman had a point. I realised that rather than being a tool of communication my phone had become my friend, a beacon of hope in the ocean of motherhood. The next day I decided to leave my phone at home, just for an hour, to make sure I was completed engaged in parenting. I was astonished by how hard it was and how many potential disasters I envisioned occuring in those sixty minutes. In the end I had to shake it off and discovered that sometimes ignorance is bliss. If you're reading this and think you might need a phone sabbatical, here's 7 signs you might be over invested in your mobile.
- You've ever panicked about where your phone is and then realised that you're talking on it
- You look at your phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night
- You feel anxious if your phone battery is low whilst you're out
- You've ever checked your phone in company without excusing yourself first
- If your kid does something cute and the first thing you do is reach for your phone
- If your phone has more accessories than you
- You use your phone as a source of comfort, for example if you're alone at a party or in a restaurant
Any of the above might be a sign that you're letting life pass you by. Don't wait for a lady at a bus stop to knock some sense into you. Why not try a data detox with the following:
- Don't have your phone in your bedroom at night
- Leave your phone at home when taking short trips
- Turn your phone off for specific periods of the day when at work or engaging with your children
- Turn off notifications when in company
- Have set times for checking social media on your device
Let me know what you think makes for healthy phone habits. Sometimes I use my phone to upload pictures to instagram.
My 3GS. via photopin (license)