They rule our lives in one way or another. We can’t leave home without it. We check it on average every 5 mins, some 200 times a day. They tell us when to get up, where we are supposed to be and literally anything else we want to know.
The smart phone.
But I say it’s ruining our lives. Depression rates have never been higher, nor have rates of anxiety. Bullying is infinitely easier and happens at all times of the day from people you’ve never even met. Social media has decimated our social lives.
It would be far too radical of me to suggest ousting the smart phone completely, though doable, even I got lost the one time I went for a walk without my phone to sat nav me home. Nor, am I suggesting we turn them off at a certain time – does anyone remember what happened to your alarm clock after a power cut? Really, my alarm didn’t go off!!
I want to draw your attention to the options at the top of your screen, the power saving mode....
On my phone at least, power saving mode allows me to deactivate all my apps except a select number I pick to remain. The regular phone and text still work, a basic version of the internet exists, there’s a camera and of course an alarm.
But what’s important is what’s gone. No facebook alerts, messages or tags. No whattsApp group conversations going crazy at midnight over a random meme. No work emails popping up before bed that just NEED a response before tomorrow. And no endlessly checking your phone to see if anyone has swiped right.
It’s the 3310 for the modern world.
And I turn it on at 9pm, none of the messages get delivered until the next day and my sleep isn't interrupted by a multitude of vibrations. But the part of me that screams “what if it's an emergency!!!” is kept happy, in a real emergency they'll call; otherwise it can wait till tomorrow.
Once I started I couldn’t stop. Watching a really good film? Power save mode. Out for lunch with friends? Power save mode. Having a bath but want music? Power save mode. It really is that simple. AND. Your battery lasts longer.
I urge you to find yours now and save yourself from the screen addiction. Every minute counts if that minute is spent on you and your loved ones and not your phone.