First off, I want to apologize for not posting last week. I was in the middle of midterms and traveling home for the weekend to spend time with family and it just completely got lost in the sea of things I had to do.
With that being said, this week’s post is going to be a roundup of all the things I did this weekend without technology. I’ve noticed that since I started this blog, it’s a lot easier for me to just leave my phone at home or in my purse even without the intention of blogging about it.
- I sat in not one, but two waiting rooms without checking my phone. Of course, I was the only one (besides a little old lady) who wasn’t checking Facebook or texting away. I don’t know when exactly it became so uncomfortable to just sit in a room with other people while waiting, but now it seems like any time there is a slight pause in someone’s day their phone is out. I’ve even heard people tell stories of fake texting to avoid conversation. Well, I waited a total of almost an hour and nothing terrible happened. I skimmed some of the magazine’s sitting out, eavesdropped a little bit on some conversations, and people watched. I found that not having my phone out and constantly checking to see that only 3 minutes have passed made the time seem to go by faster. Next time you’re in a waiting, try just a little time with you’re phone staying safely in your pocket. Notice the things around you, people watch, skim a magazine. It won’t be the end of the world.
- The next thing I did should be common sense and common practice, but I’m sure a lot of us are guilty of it–texting while in the car. Now, I’m not one to text while my car is in motion, but I am guilty of picking up my phone at stop lights and stop signs to check for new texts or shoot a quick reply back. I shouldn’t even have to tell you guys why you shouldn’t be texting and driving, but picking up that phone at stop signs and lights can be just as dangerous. Maybe you don’t see the light change, maybe you don’t see someone who is about to run the light. There’s a lot of reasons to put away the phone while in a car, it’s just common sense. But this drive I didn’t check it once. Really it’s not necessary to, and I realize that now. It’s just habit to grab it.
- The last thing I did was watch some movies with my mom and dad. When at the theatre it’s a lot easier to keep the phone put away, but when sitting in the living room it’s hard not to grab my laptop or start texting friends. I’m not gonna lie, there were some times when all three of us had our laptops out. However, we did put them away (eventually) and really just focus on the movies. It was nice to not to be multitasking for a little while. It seems like I always have one hundred things going on in my life and allowing myself to get lost in a movie was just great. Spending time with my mom and dad without having distractions was really nice. (I even got my mom to stay up until midnight with me!)
So this week I want to challenge you all to just stop using your technology in little ways. Leave it in your pocket when you find yourself waiting, whether it be at a stop light, before class, or during a lull in conversations. Take a day and try to track how much time you use your phone. Seeing how much time you’re actually spending in front of a screen can be a real wake up call.
Let me know how you’re using your phone and laptop less this week. And if you have any suggestions for next week, let me know! I’d love to hear what you guys want me to see me do next!