About a month ago, I realized that my cell phone had become a central part of my life. It was never out of site, and even within arm’s reach. I started to wonder if I really needed to have immediate access to the internet or for messaging, emailing, or speaking with anybody 24/7.
Realizing that my loved ones may have this same addiction and could not organize an intervention for me, I found the strength to slowly weaken its control. Overtime, I stopped feeling a void and seemed to be more aware of things going on around me. I even discovered that the sunset outside my house is as beautiful as the ones shared on Instagram.
If you think that you may like to come back to the world of living, I have a few questions to share that might let you know if it is time to step away from your smart phone.
- When was the last time that you left your smart phone home on purpose?
- When you are with your family, do you still need to glance at your phone because somebody you are not expecting to hear from might message you?
- Do you take your phone to the bathroom with you? Leave it on the toilet while you are in the shower?
- Have you slept with your smart phone under your pillow?
- Do you place your smart phone on the table when dining out with others?
- Do you have to find a special place to put your smart phone at the beach so it doesn’t overheat?
- Have you stopped talking in the car on road trips because everybody has different music to listen to on their wireless headphones?
- When you unpack on vacation and realize you left your charger(s) at home, is the first stop on your trip at a scenic site or a local electronic store?
- Have you ever plugged in your charger at a party or in a public place because you battery was low?
- Do you spend more time taking and exchanging selfies then taking photos of the people you are with?
- How often do you use your smart phone as a phone?
There are no right or wrong answers. If you’d like to wean yourself from the constant smart-phone-reach, you can silence it during meals and eventually at night. Maybe you can work up to letting loved ones know that your smart phone will only be a phone-phone on Sundays so you can let the other functions rest. Moderation can bring a healthy balance into your life. I say love your phone, but love your life more.
Remember that life is meant to be filled with love, hope, and joy, not ringtones, apps, and emoticons. Be the power in your world and power off more often.