Hello you lot!
At the age of twenty, one thing I’ve noticed, is how completely absorbed we get with our phones. I use the collective pronoun of ‘we’, very lightly – I’m not here to say that you, nor myself, get totally consumed by our digital device daily.
As you’d expect, I spend a lot of time with people similarly aged to myself. I’m sure you’ve all been in a situation where you’ve been sat socially, maybe around a table at lunch, and everyone is sat staring at the screens of their phones, I know I’ve noticed it far too often. I was in a similar situation a few weeks back, but it wasn’t me to notice the situation (let’s not pretend like I’m innocent here), another girl quite bluntly mentioned that we should all put our phones down and interact, and how very right she was!
I’m certainly not here to slate social media, phones, or any digital device for that matter, it’s quite blatant that they can do absolute wonders! I’ve met one of my best friends through Instagram and spent time in her hometown of Munich with her because of the internet.
I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of social media.
I’m here to remind you of what’s around us – what you can’t find by scrolling Twitter or Instagram, aimlessly. Not to sound like a walking cliché, but there is so much around us, we have the access to so much without the use of a screen. As humans, we’re meant to interact face-to-face, its so important to connect for our mental health if nothing else. I’ve written a post on the ‘Importance of Interaction’ previously (as in a year to two years ago? Have a little scroll back if you’re interested), so I won’t go into too much detail here.
The main thing I want you to take away from this, is to just be mindful of your time spent online. Well, if I’m going to be quite frank about it, we should all be mindful of how we spend out time
full-stop. One of my main aims for this year, and continuing onwards, is to be conscious of how and where I spend my time online, this doesn’t necessarily mean I want to limit my time spent on here, or listening to podcasts, listening to music, learning, you get the just.. But more specifically meaning that I want to be aware of the time I spend ‘aimlessly’ browsing because I catch myself doing that too often. I want my time to be spent with purpose.
I’ll mention this in a little more detail in a future post, but I recently downloaded an app called ‘Moment’, which calculates the amount of time you’ve spent on your phone, it’s shocking how quickly it adds up!
We all seem to get ridiculously attached to our phones. I left my phone (accidentally, admittedly) at home whilst I went on Holiday to Fuerteventura last year, and honestly I didn’t miss it in the slightest. Ollie had his with him, so I messaged my family once I’d landed, and kept in contact with them, but other than for it’s main use – contact, it wasn’t missed. I had my camera with me, so the camera aspect would hardly have been used anyway.
Maybe try leaving your phone at home for a day? Or turn it off for an evening, have a ‘black out night’, and if you enjoy it, try and make it a weekly thing. I challenge you! You’re not missing out on anything online, I promise.
One thing none of us are ever going to regret, is spending more time browsing memes, scrolling Facebook, or liking tweets – trust me on that one!
Have intent with how you spend your time.
But that’s a whole new subject for a whole new day.
All my love – as always,