I am really going to do it…I am sooo going to take a break from my iPhone. I mean it. I am thinking 24 hours of a cold-turkey-no-texting-no-emailing-no-facebooking smartphone break. Siri’s frequent inaccessibility is beginning to get on my nerves anyway. Am I crazy, you ask? Well, if you took a minute and calculated how much time you spent a day on your smartphone you might be tempted to join me. (I’d love the company except we couldn’t text each other about how great we were doing.)
My inspiration to go on a break with my phone stemmed from a coffee date I had with a friend right after the holidays. We spent some time on the usual conversation topics between two working moms…work, kids, crazy schedules, laundry, etc. And then, she dropped the bomb…she was taking a break from her smartphone. Now, this particular friend founded and operates a successful company on top of all those
other daily life responsibilities we all have so I couldn’t fathom how she could go one day without being constantly accessible. But, she could and she did and nothing in her life suffered…in fact, she found more time to be creative and productive since she wasn’t continuously beholden to her phone.
Sweet! If my brilliant and crazy busy friend could do it so could I. And, really, how much time did I really spend on the phone anyway? I could walk away easily…I am not dependent at all. Yeah, that’s what I told myself until I sat down and really calculated how much time I spent in 24 hours on my little iPhone friend.
Whoa, this thing took up a lot of my time…A LOT of my time.
If you really want to scare yourself, try to calculate how much time you spend a day on your phone. Five minutes to check email here, 10 minutes on Facebook there, three minutes to text a friend what you read about Tori Spelling’s husband in Us Weekly. It adds up and it adds up fast. But, what is scarier is how much our professional and personal lives have come to depend on these little devices. After estimating my personal time drain, I became inspired to spend less time on my phone and more time in life.
All those wasted minutes zoned out over a little screen when I could’ve been making more memories, finding new adventures, just living the heck out of life instead of using the heck out of a phone. And, now that I am more conscious of my phone addiction I am going to make some serious changes.
So, I am making a pledge to all in blogdom that I will go without my phone for 24 hours (baby steps). And, I challenge you, the Vela faithful, to calculate your daily smartphone use and join me in the pledge. I guarantee with the time we aren’t on our phones we will be doing something creative or productive or simply simple. Taking a walk around the block, reading another book, enjoying a glass of wine, really talking to your child, friend or partner…things we can really feel good about doing.
Baby steps. Put down the phone. Step away from the phone. Step into life and join me!
PS – we can totally text about how awesome we did on our phone break after it’s up!
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