This note is based on a true story. In my defense, I was half-listening to my son’s story, but he was talking about Star Wars and LEGOs for the hundredth time that day, and a person can only hear so much about one topic.
I don’t think the Disney people talk about Star Wars as much as my kid.
Still, his comment stung a little, and it made me take stock in just how often I check my phone for absolutely no reason. Of course, phones are designed to be addictive, but that’s not really a good excuse. Addictions can be broken.
I’ve started looking at my phone less. I deleted several apps that did nothing but distract me. I’ll keep the phone in a kitchen drawer during the day to prevent habitual text checking. The phone stays home when I go to the gym, a move that has cut substantial time off my workouts because I’m not wasting time staring at my phone between sets. I’m not allowed to look at my phone after 9 pm.
This phone experiment has been going on for the last few weeks, and I feel pretty amazing. The addiction isn’t entirely broken, and I’ll sometimes slip up and catch myself on my phone for way longer than necessary, but I don’t feel the urge to pick up the phone every time there’s a lull in real life.
One thing I did notice since reducing my time staring at a phone is that my son either talks about Star Wars way more than I noticed before or just talks about it more now because my face isn’t buried in a phone.
May the patience be with me.
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