Hi, my name is Christine and I am addicted to my iPhone. "Hi, Christine".
Yep, it's true, I have a love hate relationship with my phone. Social media (particularly instagram) has been such an amazing way to document day to day life and to keep in touch with some really great people. I really love it and while having that information and connection at your fingertips is great, it's also really distracting.
I have my phone nearby pretty much all the time and sometimes it becomes oh too easy to just pick it up and check things out. In the car, on the couch, making dinner, going to bed.... yikes. It's a bit ridiculous. I hate how sometimes I feel this need to see what's going on, this fear of missing out. I have no intentions of up and cancelling all my accounts but every now and then you need a break—a reminder to live life in the moment.
I was inspired by my sweet bloggy friend, Rhi (Hey Gorgeous) who has been practicing 'social media free weekends' herself, only I decided to make it 'social media free Sunday' (baby steps, people, baby steps). I challenged myself this past Sunday and, you know what, I did it! I didn't even pick up my phone as a passenger in the car! That was a big one for me. I could chat with Mike or just stare out the window and let my mind wander. Luxury, I tell ya! I was engaged, I was focused, I was present.
Now, this is not going to change how much I love instagram or keeping in touch with family via facebook, but it did remind me there is a time and a place. Sometimes you just need to step back and be present, social media will still be there when you get back.
So, spill. Am I the only one so attached? Have you considered taking a break from your phone?