do you own a smartphone? I bet most of you do. I own an iPhone for a few years now. I got my brothers used ones and bought my own nearly three years ago. And I love it. I can make pictures, I can communicate with friends all over the world, I can google things, I have an GPS all the time, I can track my running times, I can compare my crafts with other people, I can show you what I'm doing, what I'm eating, what I'm reading, I can write blog posts in the train... and I use all of these options.
But it's getting out of control! It all started a few months ago, when my man commented, that I'm glued to my phone, that I couldn't live a day without my mobile, that I'm "addicted" to it. And he was right. I was watching myself closely after he said that. Without thinking about it, I grab my phone hundreds of times a day to check Instagram, Facebook, whatsapp and other pages. And I want that to stop.
I commute by train to work everyday. And everyday I see all those people, head bent, looking at their screens. They don't seem to recognise what's going on around them. Yesterday, I sat next to two men, who spent the whole train ride (about 45 minutes) talking about their apps and games. I don't want to be like that.
I know that technology changes and with it the people using it. And that's good. It's wonderful, that we have this little supercomputer with us all the time. But I don't want to be addicted to it. I don't want to feel dependend on a phone. So I prescriped myself a digital detox.
I won't stop using my phone at all. But I want to stop grabbing it mindlessly every hour. So I gave myself strict phone-using times. Of course I will use it to call someone and write messages - that's what the phone is for! But I will restrict the times when I use it to look at facebook. Or Instagram. Or any other similar apps. And I will ban my phone from my bedroom. My phone is my alarm clock, that's why I have it, plugged in, on my nightstand. And of course, before I go to bed, I spend a few more minutes looking through things on it. Screen time, right before bed. You don't need to be a scientist to tell you, that that's not good. I sleep very badly momentarily, so I hope that this will improve my sleeping, too.
I'll keep you updated and hope, that my phone using habits will improve over time. Studies say, that it takes you 21 days to get used to something. So for the next 21 days, I will strictly restrict my phone usage. Let't see, if this will work out.
How about you? Are you glued to your phone or computer? Or is it easy for you, just to check in once or twice a day? I'd love to know!