Like many people, my mobile phone has become an honorary appendage I feel very uncomfortable without. It’s become so intrinsically linked to all areas of my life, that not
It’s these feelings that demonstrate the love/hate relationship I have with my phone. On the plus side it’s what keeps us connected to people, organised and informed – whether it’s work or play. From sending a WhatsApp or checking in on social media, to capturing life’s memories with the camera or recording my favourite programme from afar. There’s literally an app for everything. Yet, this also highlights the downsides which have significant impact on our relationships, mental health and wellbeing.
Here are 10 things I hate most about my phone and why on Saturday 21st January I’ll be fully embracing the No Phones At Home Day:
You can’t just focus on watching a program on TV and immersing yourself in the storyline – you need to IMBD the entire cast and look into how tall they are and checking out what the Twitterati is saying. Or you end up looking at emails when someone is trying to have a conversation with you. It’s the complete opposite to being mindful.
Being a member of any Facebook group will expose you to stories and events of total strangers and their drama and issues. Although there’s no denying the help and support this can bring people, it does mean you become involved in drama that has nothing to do with you yet can really affect you emotionally.
It’s hard not to compare yourself to others on social media, even if you try to remind yourself it is the highlight reel of their life with filters on. Whether it’s professionally or personally, looking at social media feeds can easily make you compare yourself to the incomparable which can leave you feeling pretty rubbish.
Although my phone isn’t going anywhere as it’s an essential part of my life, I am conscious that the usage of it needs to be limited and it’s there to help me, not hinder. Being aware of the things I don’t like, will make me ‘do less’ of those things or make changes where needed and hopefully help develop a much healthier relationship with my phone.
My main actions are: