Wednesday, June 16, 2021


 Last year I realized I was on my phone far too much. I decided to turn off all notifications for one month. The only time my phone would beep, ding, or ping, is when I received a call or text. All social media, including email, was silenced. I quickly noticed I was picking up my phone much less. Great! When the month was up, I decided to keep it set this way for good.

However, I have noticed that I am still on my phone a lot more than I'd like to be. I send or receive a text and notice all those red bubbles telling me that something "needs" my attention. So I scroll through checking each bubble notification before putting my phone away. A little while later I pick up my phone to check an awaited email or look something up and once again see numerous red bubbles. I am a little OCD when it comes to clutter and those red bubbles are definitely clutter to me! While I may not be picking my phone up as much as I used to or be distracted by all the beeping, I am still on my phone a lot as I seek out connections.

We have this deep rooted need for connection so we are continually turning to things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, email, news apps, and other outlets searching for a connection. We want to see what our family and friends are up to. We want to see how strangers are living their lives. We want to feel connected to someone.

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