Hi my name is Andrea, and I'm an addict. It's true. You may think this sounds extreme, but I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I can hardly go an hour with out looking at my phone, and if I do it's because I am forcing myself to leave it in the other room in a pathetic attempt to "unplug." Recently on a family vacation where cell service was not easy to come by, I noticed the other 20somethings on the trip and myself would practically jump for joy when we arrived somewhere with FREE WIFI! A few of the adults were excited about it as well, and all in all we looked like a sad bunch, anxiously posting photos, texting friends, and checking email. That's not what family vacation is supposed to be about, we were supposed to "unplug", talk to each other, and enjoy our gorgeous tropical surroundings. I find myself having to make a conscious effort at dinners, or while on a phone conversation even, to stop myself from the powerful urge to "check my phone," feed my addiction. Rationally, I know it doesn't matter and nothing catastrophic has happened in the past 20 minutes, but it's this need to be connected.
I am going to try to make some changes to ween myself off my devices. I don't want to feel controlled by them. I was thinking on my next trip of just leaving my iphone at home during the day, but then I thought.... I'll miss my camera, the ability to find directions easily, look up a menu at a restaurant, etc. Do I really need any of that? maybe not. Maybe I will try and re-learn how to grab my Cannon camera to snap a quick shot, ask someone for directions, and walk in to a restaurant and ask to see the menu. I'll keep you posted on my journey.
Do you ever feel like an iPhone addict? Any plans to try to change your habits? #wereinthistogether