Update: No more smart phone

You know those people that say once you go ‘smart you can’t go back’? Well, they would be correct.

This. Is. Aweful.

Some would say that I need to be more ‘in the moment’, versus addressing the nagging feeling of wanting to narcissistically tweet out my thoughts, prayers, food, or check-ins.

I thought everyone wanted to be ‘in the moment’ with me. Is that not the case? Do people want to address their daily lives without reading about my son’s first trip to the Thai Food restaurant?

I have had a ‘dumb’ phone for about a month now and I can’t stand it. Yes, sometimes I find it glorious that I can leave work and really leave without the nagging feeling like I need to check my email. But now, that anxiety builds for HOURS until I am able to check my email and make sure that nothing is wrong (even though I know that nothing is blowing up).

I know this anxiety doesn’t have to do completely with not having a smart phone anymore, but I can’t help but get the feeling that this is the world we live in now. Do I need this connection? Is this the only way people are communicating now? I know people still communication face to face and so on, but the percentage of my day/week is very limited. How can I change that?

I can see how smartphones and technology are rewiring our brains. Am I acclimating? Yes. Do I like it? NO.

Will I stay smart-phone free forever? Probably not. But for now, this millenial mom is enjoying the extra $170/month.

 How are you engaging with the world around you sans technology?