A few weeks ago I read a survey in which it said we pick up our smartphone at least 1500 times a week. That means 214 times a day. “No way” is what I thought, I don’t check my phone that many times. But after paying attention I soon discovered that I do check my phone at least once every 10 minutes. Brainfreeze. Even at my children’s highschool everyone’s checking their phones during breaks. They talk to each other via skype and facetime. Everything is digital and they even have actual relationships through internet.They are completely swallowed by the digital world.
The problem(?) with a phone you can do so much with is: what happens on your device is sometimes more interesting than what is happening around you. The trigger to throw a glance at your screen is large , even in company. Checking Facebook and whatsapp every hour, during meetings keeping the phone on the table at all times to casually glance at your phone. It flashes lights , vibrates , makes noises. The smartphone does everything to attract our attention . It demands you to come back, and rewards you in the form of messages. It doesn’t leave you in the lurch unless the battery is empy.It has become a second nature and a life line.
So now there is “No Phone Zero”, a kickstarter project to make you aware of your behaviour. The NoPhone ZERO is a plastic rectangle that replaces the need for smart rectangle device interaction. It actually is a NoPhone.
Or the “Checky” app, to monitor how many times you actually check your phone.
The app “Moment” is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If youre using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when youre over your limit. Track your familys use from your own iPhone and set up time for your entire family to be screen-free using family dinner time.
I don’t think we will be able to dismiss our phone, because it actually is entwined in our lives. But it will make us realise and make us aware of our behaviour.
Or are we afraid of becoming social outcasts if we start our Digital Detox?
Watching this short film about social media it might be wise to sometimes have a Digital Detox…