Phones: the genius and revolutionary invention that has taken over the 21st-century market and people, but should we continue to let a box of tech have such a powerful hold over our lives?
The average adult spends 3.5 hours on a mobile a day, that is 1277.5 hours in a year which converts to a hefty 53.2 days. These statistics are not only absurd but also terrifying; such a huge amount of our precious time is consumed by mindless scrolling, clicking and swiping and inevitably causes detachment from reality.
You wake up, your alarm goes off, you unlock your phone and scroll through Instagram which automatically switches your self-comparing on. Your breakfast is eaten with your nose in your phone rather than your bowl, as are your lunch and dinner. You miss snippets of conversations and information because you’re just so engrossed in the alternate world inside your magic box. Your commute home passes in no time, why? Because you lost track of it whilst filling through other people’s business. This life is familiar to me, as I’m sure it is to many of you, however, I decided to create a distance and some personal space for my self, as my relationship with my phone became toxic.
We have become a generation of endless swipers, double-tappers, and scrollers who all seem to be suffering from FOMO, a second less online and we get overthrown and anxious. My dear readers, what if I told you that this irrational feeling can be dodged and that we can in fact, even in today’s world, live without our phones.
I understand that for many of us a complete breakup with that enticing box of light is simply not possible, however, we can all limit our screen time and feel more present, below are some of the steps I took towards my separation.
Set limits: If your goal is to simply look at your phone less the likelihood of you sticking to that goal is very small, however, if you physically set yourself time limits and restrictions than your aims will be put into actual practice. For example, on my iPhone I have set app restrictions which means I cant access any app from 9pm until 7am, preventing me from reaching for my phone.
Read books: Since our time has to be filled in some way, reading books to do so can be a brilliant alternative to reaching for phones as a form of entertainment. Not only are books beneficial for our intellect, but they are also incredibly consuming and engaging, which, in my opinion, makes them the best way to flood our time with.
See friends and family: When I finally placed my phone in second place rather than keeping my social life on hold, I understood how much I was missing; laughter, debates and the feeling of being a part of something, trust me when I say we don’t need our phones for any of those things.
I noticed many aspects of my life shift when I began my detox: I have more time on my hands, I’m less distracted, I sleep better and most importantly I’m actually present in the moment. For many of us, the need to let go of our pocket pall is a sad and hard truth, but when you actually embrace and see how different your experiences can be without the brick glued to your hand, you will feel what I felt: complete freedom.