This is it. Day 21 has come. I’ve decided today to be thankful for being “unplugged”.
Today, I took the boys grocery shopping and throughout our ~45 mins in the store, I watched this woman (who appeared to be ~25 and following her elderly grandmother around) spend the ENTIRE time on her smart phone. She was barely looking up from it. I have never seen anyone so transfixed with their phone before. Well, that’s a lie. Last week, when I took E. to his hearing appointment I would have to say about 80% of the parents in that waiting room were either on their phones or a tablet. It was depressing. All those kids sitting there without a parent really present. I totally understand if you need your phone for work but I have developed a real dislike for those who are addicted to their cell phones. These devices are making people socially inept. They hear their phone go off and stop in mid-sentence what they are saying to a REAL PERSON in order to respond to some email/text/post on Facebook, whatever. What really bothers me is when parents are at the park with their children and instead of playing with them they are on their phones. It’s sad.
So today, I am thankful I don’t have a phone. I’m not a saint. I do enjoy spending some time on the computer everyday but the more I see people with internet/cell phone addictions, the less I want it to be a part of my life. Starting today, I’m going to try to make it solely an evening activity (I do check email, etc. during nap time) and I’m thinking getting myself an egg timer so I can place a limit on my “interneting” (as D. likes to call it). The internet can be a great place but it can also be a huge waste of time. My time is precious these days and I want to be spending it doing more productive things.
Saying all this, I am looking forward to taking a break from this blog (my goal in the New Year is to post 1x/week). The gratitude challenge was a great experience but I’m ready to unplug and spend my evenings with someone special…D.