I realized today that I am completely addicted to my smart phone- and I don’t like it.
Not one little bit.
When my girls were little, I intentionally only used it when I needed to. Same with the laptop. I didn’t want them to have to compete with electronics for my attention.
Fast forward 13 years or so…now both daughters have them. At first, they only used their phone when necessary. And then little by little, whenever one of us was watching something on tv that the other did not like- it was super easy for the other person to whip out their cell phone and surf the internet. When a commercial came on- same deal. The cell phones would come out.
Must. Be. Entertained.
And I have fallen into the same trap. I do not care for sports and my hubby is a huge sports lover. So, I sit with him and hold my phone in one hand, mindlessly thumbing through Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook…and a whole host of shopping sites that I frequently visit.
I checked my phone usage a few weeks ago, and I thought well- that’s not so bad! And then I realized the usage was per DAY not for the whole week!! No lie.
I use it ALL the time- it is my “watch” because I hate wearing one. It is my computer in my pocket when I need to email, text, or look up something important. It is how I keep in touch with my family, with my daughters and husband during the day. I use it for ministry.
But I also use it to numb my mind and to distract myself.
I can literally feel my attention span shortening every time I pick it up.
I decided to put my phone down and then thought about what else I would do instead of browsing Pinterest.
Naturally, the one first thing I thought of was to play piano!
Then I had this thought- if I’d had a cell phone as a teen, I wonder if I would have ever learned to play piano at all?
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Proverbs 4:25
I am making a vow today to cut back on my phone usage. I’m going to turn it completely off in the evenings.
If the family is watching tv, I will sit with them and read a book. I will make conversations with them during commercials.
I might even sit in silence and twiddle my thumbs for a minute. Who knows? Maybe I’ll do some writing.
There are far too many productive things I could be doing to be wasting so much time holding a phone!
Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness…. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.- Ephesians 5:16-17