If I were to ask what the first thing is that you do in the morning or the last thing you do at night, would the answer be that you check your phone? Maybe have a look at Facebook, your favourite news site or Instagram. I know that’s what I have done more often than not over the last several years. Even when I was at work during lunch in the lunch room, there would be a group of us sitting in silence all on our phones looking at the latest Kardashian story on the Daily Mail or finding out what our friends are up to from Facebook or Twitter updates. But how damaging is this obsession to our social lives and to the time we spend with our Children and our spouses?
Since Ailsa was born I have really noticed that I send far too much time on my phone. I do try and limit my phone use to when she is feeding or when she is sleeping but as I am at home with her most days I need to charge my phone at least once through the day as well as at night. For me that is far too much use. Yes I am grateful that we have access to the worlds information at our fingertips and a quick to use camera for those important photos and video but has our addiction gone too far? What special moments are we going to miss out on whilst we are looking at our phones? It could be our child’s first crawl, first walk, first word. I think so many of us are guilty of spending too much time on our phones and not enough time in the moment.
There have been times when Ailsa has been feeding and I’ve been checking facebook and I look down and she has been looking at me. I don’t want my child to grow up with the image of me looking at my phone and not into her gorgeous baby blue eyes. I think it’s now time to wean myself from my need to have my phone with me constantly and spend that quality time with Ailsa and James. James has even installed an app on his phone to limit the time he spends on Youtube and Facebook. I think that for set periods in the day when Ailsa is awake that I will pop my phone into airplane mode that way all my attention can be focused on her but I am still able to take photos ( I must have hundreds on my phone).
|A Selfie taken with said Smarphone
It might be time for us all to have a think about our smartphone use and try and get back to real conversation with those around us.
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