A few days ago, I was engrossed in my phone when my husband shouted at me. I looked up at him angrily to find my daughter standing beside me. Apparently, she was telling me something but I didn’t hear her. That’s when exasperated my husband spoke loudly to me. My husband told me it wasn’t the first time that I lost myself in the social media world. It was an eye opener for me. He was right. I immersed myself in the virtual world and ignored my real world. That’s when I took the pledge to cut off my phone usage and do phone detox. I will tell you why do you need a phone detox?
- Ever wondered how you take the phone to check your Facebook wall to just check a few messages and end up scrolling for hours or hopping onto Instagram and Twitter too. Phones are like quicksand, they pull you into them once you enter.
- Have you heard of the disadvantages of sleeping with mobile phone near head or sleeping with phone under the pillow. The blue light that our phones emit keeps our brain awake and alert. Thus, our brain doesn’t need the rest it requires. Phone waves disrupt sleep; it leads to sleep deprivation and we wake up dull and irritable.
- Staring at the blue screen in the darkness leads to dry eyes, blurred vision and pain around the eyes. While looking at the phone, we often forget to blink our eyes from time to time which leads to irritation and pain in the eye.
- Furthermore, we tend to miss the much more real and happier moments of life. You will find many new mothers who would have missed the first walk or smile of their baby because they were busy on their phones.
- The incorrect posture while using the phone, looking down at the cell phone, leads to neck pain, which is also called as text neck. It’s a modern spine ailment which has become increasingly common.
How to do a phone detox? This is how I have been doing phone detox:
- Around 9-9:30, I check my phone for the last time.
- I keep my phone for charging in another room.
- During work hours, I avoid seeing the phone except for phone calls.
- On Sunday, I follow a no social media rule. I make and receive calls, but avoid social media (except the Disaster Management group on What’s App of my daughter’s school in case there is an urgent piece of information/news from the school).
However, I have realised, it’s not enough. Hence, as a part of phone detox challenge, I have decided to:
- Decide specific slots in a day to check social media and to respect the time frame.
- Subscribe to podcasts instead of blog posts. This way not only I will stay away from the temptation of social media, I will learn something worthwhile too.
- Instead of checking my phone, I will read more and engage in conversations with my family.
- Apart from Sunday, I will observe a no-phone day on Saturday as well.
- Make a habit of working on laptop and not on phone. Because phone tempts you into checking other smartphone apps too.
- Take a stock of the apps on my phone and delete the ones that I spend too much time on.
Hope these measures bring about a positive change in my phone using habits.
I have joined the 7-day phone detox challenge hosted by my blogger friends Shilpa Halwe and Ashvini Naik. To participate in the challenge, all you need to do is write a post, like me, on how you plan on breaking free of this habit of taking your phone to bed with you, attach this cool badge and share your post on the linky till 7th of November. Share your post on social media and give a shout out!