Did you knowâ€¦
67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls â€” even when they donâ€™t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as â€œsomething they canâ€™t imagine living without.â€
The average user checks their phone about 110 times a day.
How many times a day do I check my phone?Â I have no ideaâ€¦ I would love to know. I do know that I spend a scary amount of time on my phone â€“ itâ€™s really the moments I spend on the phone that bother me the most.Â Namely â€“ right when I wake up in the morning while in bed and when Iâ€™m relaxing on the couch at night.Â These are really moments that I should be truly relaxing or focusing on my husband, not checking out on social media.
And I certainly donâ€™t bury my face in my phone when Iâ€™m on parent duty, but I do pick up my phone to quickly check inâ€¦ Check those emails, pop in on Facebook, tweet a funny thought. Â IÂ donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anything inherently wrong with looking at your phone when youâ€™reÂ hanging out with your kid, especially for quickies, but I do hate that Henry sees me pick it upÂ so frequently. Heâ€™s growing up thinking itâ€™s normal to be attached at the hip to an electronic device.Â That makes me REALLY sadâ€¦ for him and for me.
So for the last weeks, Iâ€™ve really been thinking about cutting the phone cord (well, the proverbial one at least!).Â I read an awesome post on No Meat Athlete called â€œIn Defense of Inconvenienceâ€ â€“ basically, he had a clunker phone that he traded in for a smartphone before his book tour and then he switched back.Â When I read it, I was in awe.Â How could he LIVE without a smartphone?!Â Especially because his career is in social media, too! But Matt did it â€“ and he was happier as a result.
So the Husband and I talked about getting rid of our smartphones.Â I kind of got itchy just discussing it.Â I had so many objections â€“ How would I check emails?Â How would I get directions?Â How would I stay on top of work? How would I organize meet-ups with my friends? <â€”My mom friends use a Facebook group to organize hangouts.
I decided that getting rid of the iPhone isnâ€™t really the answer for me.Â For now â€“ I simply want to look at my phone less.Â A lot less.
For the next month, Iâ€™mâ€¦
Deleting all my social media apps from my phone so I canâ€™t check in, Facebook, or Tweet except from my desktop computer (exception is Instagram, which you can only post to via mobile and I use partially to promote blog stuff â€“ no long browsing sessions allowed though).
Plugging my phone in on the opposite side of my bedroom so I canâ€™t pick it up first thing in the morning.Â Thankfully, I already broke myself of the habit of reading my phone BEFORE I go to sleepÂ (it’s a proven sleep disruptor).
Not bringing my phone into the TV room at night.
Deleting the folder of blogs and websites that I frequent so I canâ€™t easily browse the Internet from my phone.
Leaving my phone in one location throughout the day (on top of the kitchen counter) so I can hear it ring/beep for texts but am less likely to just randomly pick it up.
Wearing a watch daily so I can check the time without turning on my phone.
Generally making an effort to only use my phone for calls, texts, e-mails when traveling, music and NPR (we donâ€™t have a radio), and directions in the car.
And to help remind myself to do this, Iâ€™m changing the password on my phone.Â I think Iâ€™ll automatically punch in the old password and thinking, â€œOh, I changed the password because Iâ€™m trying to limit my phone use,â€ which will be helpful in keeping these goals at the forefront of my mind.Â Once I adjust to the new password, Iâ€™ll change it again.
Iâ€™m hoping that a little phone detox will help me have a healthier relationship with my smart device. My thumbs will surely thank me!
How often do you check your phone? Do you think you have a smartphone problem?