Phone Free-ish

Our mobile phone use has gone beyond convenience. No longer merely an accessory, they’ve become extensions of our bodies. They are not just handy gadgets, they’re practically hands. Phones are everywhere. Every person in every place. Every? Yep, pretty much.

A fully functional mini-computer–you can check email, peruse social media, take pictures, play games, buy new shoes, book a hair appointment, text, and even, *gasp* make a call on these pocket-sized magic panels. And we do all of those things all of the time. Why would we ever put them down?! I don’t know about you, but I find it very easy to fall into a screen hole. I lose hours. Hours!

So, I challenged myself to NOT screen.
Habits being hard to break and all, I allowed myself time first thing in the morning to check messages and updates, run through my gamut of ‘dle games, then I put it back on the charger and left it there, volume muted.

And I got stuff done!
I painted my bedroom.
I painted my living room.
I fixed up my laundry room.
I loved on my dogs and worked on my stories.
I was feeling very good.

And people worried about me.
I kid you not, by day three my absence was noted. I received concerned texts and voice messages. I was torn between my newfound production rate and old, addictive but obviously courteous, phone carrying.

My experiment didn’t last as long as I would have liked, but I feel like my screen time is down compared to what it was before the challenge. Bottom line, if you don’t see me liking, sharing, posting, texting, etc, feel free to congratulate me on another chapter edited.

I promise I’ll ❤ your comment, eventually.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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