I did something crazy last week. I deleted the Facebook app off my phone. I would like to say that it was easy and I didn’t feel the need to re-download it almost immediately, but I have a policy of being honest on this blog and it was HARD! I decide that I would only use Facebook on my actual computer in an effort to cut down on the times I checked it during the day. It was like an addiction, well maybe not that extreme, but pretty close.
This decision to keep my phone out of my hands for at least part of the 24 hours in a day came after much thought and frustration with myself. How many times had Z said to me, “Mom, put down your phone”, More than I care to admit, even to myself. It’ painful sometimes to realize that our actions as parents so directly affect our children, even something as simple as looking at your phone too much. My phone time was unhealthy and I was not able to live in the present. I felt like I was just looking for the next interesting status update on Facebook instead of my what was around me. It’s sad and pathetic, I know. But, I have made it through a week and feel like my ability to focus on my family and our time together.
Who knows if this change of priorities will last… Maybe I will start carrying my lap top around in my purse. Or maybe I will just use my phone as it should be used, for photos, Instagram, and blogging. Oh, wait, I guess phone calls and texts should be on that list, too.
Now that I have spilled my guts, here are the photos that I have taken for the week. I hope you enjoy them!
What are your thoughts on the amount of time others (or you) spend on the phone? Have you ever tried to disconnect from social media? Or, maybe you want to leave a comment and make me feel a little less horrible about letting my phone take over my time… feel free to be nice, encouraging, and supportive.