Sunday Mobile Detox
It’s a great invention. Cell phones. Who wouldn’t want to connect with anyone they would like through out the day? Up until roughly 10 years ago we relied solely on our home phones and communicating face to face with people. Cell phones existed back then, and they were very simple; unlike todays mobile smart phones such as iPhone, Android or Blackberry where you can send photos, voice messages, text messaging and using all forms of social media. It’s almost poisonous to our relationships with our family and friends even though it keeps us in constant contact. Starting this week, I will be separating from my mobile device for 1 day a week, a mobile detox.
I’m finding I spend a lot of time looking down at my phone. Emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, browsing on Safari, etc. It’s not necessarily affecting my home life as my wife currently does the same thing, it’s almost a habit we have formed. When we are bored we grab our cellphones and tap away until something different comes along. My hope is that disconnecting once a week will give me a fresh view of things, allow me to spend more time focusing on things such as playing with our child, family pet or even doing yard work or cleaning up our house. I don’t want to be missing opportunities to have a good time because I am more focused on being connected to social media or text messages all day.
This whole scenario really just reminds me of seeing mothers and fathers at parks playing on their phones as their children play rather than playing with their children. I think that connecting with people around you is more important than blacking out focusing on your game of Angry Birds.
Saturday evening when I plug my phone in to charge, I’ll be setting my phone on ‘airplane mode‘. This will disconnect me from the world on that device. I’m sure it will be difficult in the beginning but I’m looking forward to it.
But what if…
I’m sure I’ll get some contacts from clients, family or friends. But realistically I can’t think of anything that would be missed that could be extremely important. Any medical or family issues I could be reached through my wife (I don’t think I could persuade her to do a mobile detox, though I think we would both enjoy it), and any clients who may have an issue I am sure could wait until the morning when I check my mail again. Most companies have an emergency number or email, perhaps I could create one and have it forwarded to one of the other guys on our team to handle for the day. I am sure the world won’t implode without me for 1 day a week.
If I have some pressing deadlines, or wish to read (using my iPad) then I am sure that doesn’t really fall into this mobile category. I won’t be connecting to any social media or email during these times and have even often played with disconnecting social media through 9-5 during the week as I work, or even a couple hours just to focus more on certain things but the reality of this situation is shutting down communication during that time may be less than ideal for business. A lot of my communication happens through the day, as do contacts from leads and what not.
Has anyone else ever done a mobile detox? Social media detox? I find that when I am on vacation and my phone is completely disconnected for a week that I feel great afterwards. Like a weight has been lifted and I could relax. I’m hoping that my new Sunday mobile detox can offer me a similar feeling through the week and allow me to relax.
~ Niteowl Creative