Ping, ding, bzzzt, bzzzt, bzzzt… Listen in, now is the time to take a break!
Without a phone, you quickly come to realise how many people are constantly on theirs wherever you go in your day-to-day lives, be that a lecture or a coffee shop, and it made me think how much the world has changed in the last 10 years alone. I realised this myself this month when somebody stole my phone, so please take the time to read this post and reflect on your own phone habits.
The thought you have to be always connected otherwise you’ll miss out on a post from your favourite brand or celebrity, is a crazy thing. What this time out showed me is how much we need this device to plan what we’re doing and to contact others, it’s a phenomenon in itself! Although it’s only been for a short time, it made me aware of just how much time you spend your tech devices and what you should be doing more of, as a balance of digital vs non-digital. I think we all need to do more of “living in the moment” But how can we do this if we’re always staring at a phone screen?
Now, I’m not saying you should reject the internet altogether, as in this day and age I feel this would be pretty impossible. All I’m asking is for you to consider your usage, just like I have during this non-phone scenario. Don’t do this for me, do it for you and your people, I’m sure we’d all benefit from it in the long run. After all, that’s how it used to be in the ‘good old days’, so we can learn something from the past.
The main reason we have a phone is so we can contact someone in an emergency, right? In 2018, a smartphone is for convenience, not necessity – if you didn’t have one you’d be more prepared for a trip and you write down more information. Conversations with others in real life would become easier in every aspect. Right now, it can be difficult to have one as so many are attached to their handset. Therefore, changing a person’s focus, is somewhat a tricky task. Though, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
I think it’s quite obvious that through digital means, we become more distracted, we live with a constant fear of missing out (FOMO). Is this healthy? Not really, but I don’t think you needed me to say that to you. Shouldn’t we really be more present in life?
By being so caught up in this handheld online sphere, when we become bored we have no idea what to do with ourselves. The easiest thing to do would be to scroll facebook, instagram, twitter, snap some selfies on Snapchat… I’m sure most of you can relate.But putting aside the device can have its benefits, for example, it’s more likely you’d be creative. Obviously as with anything it will take time to adapt to using your phone less, as you’ve used it phone so much since you got it and stopping it now would be like torture for most I imagine. But, I assure you, cutting down will help, with being more productive, feeling happier in yourself and feeling truly fulfilled with your life, even if it means 20 mins less connected time a day.
This post is here to give you a moment to reflect on your habits. Of course, whether you have a smartphone or not doesn’t determine whether you are a good or bad person. I just hope in the times of boredom you do something a little less digital, and put aside your phone to have a conversation with somebody else in person (this may be a friend, or a member of your family), read a book or do something else that you enjoy.
We can’t stop being connected in some way, due to globalisation, but we can learn how to manage it.
I hope this has made you think and I’d love to know your thoughts on this post. Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,