A Digital Detox

Day 255 of 365: Sheri

I think the universe is telling me that it’s time for a digital detox. 

This morning, I had a lengthy doctor’s appointment. It was the kind of appointment that involved a few different practitioners and quite a bit of waiting. As luck would have it, I accidentally left my iPhone in the car.

My first thought was, can I go grab it? Nope. I was already partially disrobed. Then I sort of panicked for two reasons. One was semi-legitimate: what if there is an emergency with the kids? The other was just silly: I’m going to be SO bored.

For the first 10 minutes or so, I felt like I left my right hand at home. There was clearly a “void.”  You know that feeling you get when you actually go out without any children? You constantly feel like you’ve forgotten something. YES, I really did just make a bizarre comparison between my phone and my kids.

Once I realized that the phone wasn’t going to grow legs and walk to me, I picked up Travel & Leisure magazine. I read about the best hotels in the world and daydreamed about visiting the Maldives. And realized that I felt relaxed. I sat in a cold waiting room wearing a johnny with a bunch of strangers and felt more relaxed than I have in months. Was it because I was alone (as in, without babies)? Or, was it because I was without my phone? It was probably a little of each. But, to be honest, if I had my phone, I probably wouldn’t have read the magazine and definitely wouldn’t have felt relaxed. There is way too much going on in the digital world for it to be relaxing.

When I got home and “reconnected” I had an ironically timed email in my inbox with the following subject line: Smartphones are the new cigarettesThe email was from Medium/Thrive Global and I was immediately sucked in because of my earlier experience. There were a couple of blog entries related to our addiction to technology, including, Un-Social Media is Killing Our Mojo.

So now, I’m on a digital detox kick. And this week, my goal is to not look at social media or email for the first half hour of my day or for half hour before bed. Anyone else up for the challenge? 

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