I love my smartphone! I know that if you have one, you DO! Mine is a Sony Xperia S, and I’m sure yours is a Samsung, HTC or an iPhone, and you probably have more than one of these bad boys. They are beautiful and big, with awesome apps to keep you busy and engaged all day, along with the amazing convenience to stay connected anywhere and with anyone, they are a godsend!
But they happen to be the devil in disguise as well. Haha.
I think my biggest problem with these beautiful gadgets is that we have a very emotional relationship with them… we have emotional relationships with everything we own! Now don’t sit there and retort “well, it’s not like I kiss my phone, what the heck are you on about?” That’s playing coy; you know what I mean!
So if you do not know by now, Facebook bought Whatsapp for $19 billion. What is Whatsapp? If you genuinely do not know anything about it, I truly applaud you. Whatsapp is an incredibly popular phone application that we use to exchange messages, photos, videos and audios. The awesome thing about it is like, unlike SMSing or texting, you don’t have to pay every time you send someone a message. It is a very simple, clean and fast application. Plus it costs $1 a year! But I digress…
Now I brought up Whatsapp because just after Facebook bought it, it started malfunctioning. I am not aware of whether it’s back up or not, but I can confirm that as of yesterday, it was down. So as I was going through my Facebook feed a day or two ago, I notice the furious status updates from random friends: “Why isn’t Whatsapp working?? It’s been days!!” or “OMG (Oh My God) I’m gonna die if Whatsapp doesn’t come back up in a few days, it’s my whole life!”
I think that what astounded me about these messages is that they were not being posted by 15 year old teenagers, but by adults.
Hey, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t have any addiction issues with my phone. In fact, a few weeks ago, I made a conscious decision to no longer use my phone for internet access, unless I am in an area that provides Wi-Fi. This is why I was not aware of the Whatsapp issue until the status updates started firing off from frustrated users.
Whatsapp isn’t our only addiction though. We have many, popular applications and games that we cannot do without. I won’t mention them though. The sinners know their sins.
Is your phone a constant distraction? Does it interfere with daily activities like sleeping? Do you fly into a panic when you realize that it’s not in your pocket, or your handbag? Have you ever nearly walked into someone, or better yet, a wall or street post, because of how engaged you are with your phone? *Whispers* is it close to you right now?
Well, these are all tell-tale signs of the onset of smart phone addiction. I know, because I have been through all these phases. Cutting off supply of the internet to my phone has actually worked wonders for me in a short time. Because my phone no longer distracts me, I can read more books, I get a lot more work done, and I SLEEP more! Up until last month, my phone would keep me up till 12 AM, reading random articles, trying to beat my high score in a game, or catching that last chat opportunity with a friend, knowing that I have to wake up every day at 5 AM. It was brutal! I actually have a lot more freedom, because when I turn off internet access from my laptop, my phone no longer whispers seductively to me, knowing I have to catch some beauty sleep.
We do not have to dedicate so much time to our phones. There is so much more we can do with our time! If you feel the same way, if you are ready to no longer be a prisoner of your phone, and get your life back, then next week, I shall share strategies of HOW to kick your phone addiction. Stay with me!