Lauren’s Technology Detox Journey

Lauren’s Technology Detox Journey

Lauren's Journey

This last month, I focused on the Art of a Technology Detox. I started off the month with realizing that I probably am addicted to my phone. Of course, we do not think we are bad as the younger kids, or the woman sitting on her cell phone in the doctor’s office waiting room, or our friends and family members, but the sad truth is that 84% of Americans can’t spend a day without their mobile device (source). Yikes!

My list of accuses was a mile long, I just need to check and respond to an email (real quick!), I need to make sure that I can respond to a work call, I need to have navigation for my job or running errands, etc. But, as I was starting this month, I realized that I treat my phone like it is my pet. It went with me everywhere, even to the bathroom (yuck!). So, the first week of this change, I sat down and made up a list of Technology Detox Rules (some I stuck with and some I am still working on).

Technology Detox Rules

  1. No looking at phone in bed (i.e. texts, emails, games)

  2. No looking at phone while at meals (even when eating alone)

  3. Only check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. twice a day

  4. Call people instead of texting (when available)

  5. No being on computer past 8 p.m.

  6. Only spend 4 hours a day on computer

  7. Keep a log of phone and computer usage

  8. No looking at phone while doing another activity (eating, driving, talking, etc.)

  9. No bringing phone into the bathroom or from room to room (like it’s an extension of my hand)

  10. No looking at phone when interacting with other people

  11. Only 2 hours of reality TV a week

  12. Clean-up email, Facebook, Social Media, phone (pictures and texts)

The reality of my changes

  1. No taking phone to bathroom

  2. No going on phone before breakfast

  3. Deleted Candy Crush (I’ve been obsessed for over a year and a half and my wrists were starting to hurt)

  4. Cleaned up email and phone (deleted emails, texts, voicemails, and pictures (freed up more data!))

  5. Reduced TV watching

  6. Didn’t use texting, email, or internet on phone for 24 hours (this one was hard!)

  7. Reduced the amount of time I looked at my phone while driving

  8. Started using 411 (I completely forgot about this wonderful service, they even send you a text message with the business’ address and phone number and connect you with the business!)

  9. Assessed my technology habits

  10. Called the car dealership I bought my car from 2.5 years ago to have them fix the bluetooth microphone (that never worked!). Some steps take 2.5 years apparently!

 

Reflection

I focused on putting down my phone and connecting with the people in front of me, novel thought, huh!? I placed boundaries on my technology usage. I have broken a few bad habits, I still have a long way to go with this change, but small steps lead to big changes. I will re-address technology in a few months. The thing I like about doing one change a month is that I wasn’t a failure even though, I didn’t follow all the rules I laid out for myself. I was able to make a few changes and feel good about them. Just start small!

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