Look around you at any point during your day and I guarantee you’ll notice most people doing the same thing. They won’t be having a chat with the person next to them, reading a book or taking in the scenery. They’ll be looking down at their smartphone, transfixed by their Twitter feed, scrolling frantically through their Facebook timeline or perhaps checking emails.
There’s such a huge reliance on technology nowadays, people are dependent on their smartphones and becoming addicted to their link with the internet. A recent survey states that an average person checks their smartphone 85 times each day. That’s a crazy amount! It’s pretty scary … and sadly, I’m one of those people.
I usually check my phone, social media accounts and emails as soon as I wake up and it’s the last thing I do before bed. It’s sad, but I always have the fear I’m missing something important. In reality, I’m missing out on the important things in LIFE! I capture plenty of photographs and videos but it’s not the same as cherishing the moment as it happens, is it?
I was recently asked if I’d like to take part in the Asda Mobile Digital Detox Challenge, a 7 day experiment for 6 bloggers to relinquish ties with their smart phones and go back to basics with a bog standard Alcatel One Touch mobile. I will have no internet connection, no camera function and no social media apps, it’ll be a massive shock to the system but will hopefully have a positive impact on me and my toddler. During the challenge I’ll be keeping a diary (on paper) and writing about the pro’s and con’s of using a smartphone. At this stage I anticipate a mixture of both, though mostly pro’s!
I’d love my lovely readers to get involved too! You can share a post in the comments below if you’re a blogger or tweet me on Twitter @Catherine using the hashtag
#AsdaMobileDigitalDetox. I’d love to hear how you get on.
The infographic below gives you more details about the challenge and gives some helpful hints about how to cope without a smart phone.
Are you up for a challenge?