I’m turning my cell phone off for a month…what happened next?
Today I’ve been without my cell phone for two weeks and I haven’t missed it nearly as much as I thought I would. I’ve opened it twice to get contacts, but otherwise it’s been surprisingly easy to do without my cell phone. I don’t believe I would ever start using it again if it wasn’t for my family. They’re not as positive about this experiment as I am. They’re used to being able to reach me all the time and Mats worries when he doesn’t know where I am. My oldest daughter thinks this is jus a silly experiment and she doesn’t understand why anyone would ever choose not to be available all the time. I think thats one of the thing that Im most happy with with this experiment…showing her that it’s possible to survive without a cell phone. I think it’s important to show our kids that we don’t have to be available all the time, we don’t have to carry our phone with us everywhere we go and that it is ok to have some alone time now and and then.
I think I used to look at Facebook, Instagram and other apps on my phone at least 30 minutes every day. Thats 3,5 hours a week, 14 hours a month and 168!! hours a year. That’s just sad….thats a week of my life that I’ve spent looking at other peoples pictures of their lunches, breakfasts, dogs and cats instead of spending quality time with my family (or myself).
The past weeks without my phone have been really quiet (in a good way) and to be honest, just wonderful. I feel really relaxed. I realize that having a cell phone is practical sometimes and I’m going to use it again, but this time I won’t take it with me wherever I go, I will turn it off when the kids are home from school and I’m going to remove all social apps that makes me want to go and check for messages.
The secret to happiness is turning off your mobile phone
Professor Paul Dolan, of the London School of Economics believes that the popularity of smart phones has seen people constantly having their attention drawn away from their nearest and dearest and to the devices instead. He warned that unless people changed their behaviour, they could suffer mental illness as a result. He said: ‘When you switch tasks it requires attention. Paying attention to what you’re doing and who you are with and turning your phone off and enjoying being with your friends is much better for you than constantly checking your phone and checking emails’
The secret to happiness is turning off your mobile phone and concentrating on your friends and family rather than text messages and emails.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
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Addicted to using your cell phone?
Dr. David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, says that when cell phone users compulsively check their devices it’s in an effort to stimulate the brain’s pleasure centers and in this way, cell phone use can be compared to gambling or gaming addictions. There is a pay off that compels us to check our phones, according to Greenfield.
“It’s very neurologically addicting,” he said. “When you get a hit — finding something or hearing from someone, you get an elevation of dopamine, and it compels us to keep checking.”
Tonight, put your cell phone in a drawer for just half an hour as you have dinner
See how it feels to concentrate on the world around you, instead of the virtual world in your pocket.
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