I was at a restaurant this morning sitting on a deck overlooking a beautiful view of snowcapped mountains on a sunny summer day.
My wife went to go wash her hands which left me with a few minutes to sit alone at my table. I started to reach for my phone, it’s a bad habit I have. Whenever I am alone for a minute, I grab my phone. I stopped myself this time because I am attempting to unplug a bit during this holiday week and I had an amazing view that was there for me to take in.
I glanced around the restaurant and noticed that at every single table at least one person was looking at their phone. To my left was a couple who were both looking at their phones. In front of me was a family, mom and dad were each looking at their phones, kids were coloring with crayons on their placemats, to my right was a mother and teenage daughter, daughter was looking at her phone laughing, another family in a different direction I saw mom and dad both looking at phones, one more family, mom secretly looking at phone under the table while
I am not judging because this is me on many occasions. I am simply noticing and wondering what being so connected to our devices is doing to our hearts and souls. My phone might as well be glued to my hand.
Recent studies say the average person spends over 4 hours a day on their phone or checks it at least 80 times a day. I just looked at my time for the last week and it ranged from 4 – 6 hours. Now, I do social media professionally as part of my job so that accounts for some of the time but certainly not for all of it. Another large chunk of my phone time is listening to talks on YouTube and books on Audible but Facebook, Instagram
I just discovered my iPhone has a setting to set time limits for apps. You can also schedule downtime which means setting a schedule for time away from the screen where only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls with be available. I might test these out.
How much time do you spend on your phone each day?
Do you think all this connection is making us more disconnected?
Remember to look up from the screen. Look at the view. Look