I turned my phone off for 48 hours and here’s what happened
I’m attached to my iPhone as much as I’m attached to a block of Cadbury or a giant skinny cappuccino. It’s something I have never been able to kick, but admittedly, I’ve never actually tried. So this long weekend, I turned off my phone to regroup and reground myself. And it worked.
The point of no return
There’s days we feel overwhelmed by our social obligations and responsibilities. Sometimes having so many social media accounts to keep up with and too many emails to answer is just enough to tip you over the edge. Entering the long weekend—something I should have been bouncing off the walls about—I felt fatigued and flat.
I also found myself spending too many hours scrolling through nothing in particular on my phone during the previews of Wonder Woman on Friday night. This was a time I should have been switching off from the outside world and tuning into the remarkable beauty of Gal Gadot. But it wasn’t. I wasn’t in the moment and I wasn’t planning to be.
Eventually, after throwing my phone at the wall over something minuscule, I decided to turn off my phone for the weekend, and while that wouldn’t keep me off Facebook on my MacBook Air, it would stop me from reaching for the device in every spare second. For the first hour or two, I missed it.
Like really craved to have it in my hand; I had shut it off in drawer next to my bed. But after a couple more hours, I had forgotten about it.
Instead, I was spending time with my partner and enjoying my pets, without insesantly updating my Instagram Stories or Snapchatting the cute things the dog does.
To be happy, turn off your phone
This morning as I switched on my iPhone again, I realised I had probably been the most carefree I had been in a while when it was turned off. I hadn’t stressed about nonsense or constantly refreshing my feeds. I felt more in tune and on par with who I should be as a person.
Also, I got so much more done. And while they were somewhat tedious chores, they were ones I had been avoiding for way too long now.
Maybe turning off your device doesn’t truly make you significantly happier, but there has been scientific studies to show that they do have a pretty big effect on how you feel. And more so, I’m not having some kind of Pavlovian response when the ding of my iPhone goes off. It’s crazy how differently you end up feeling.
Be Ed Sheeran
More and more people are deciding to go “offline” to quickly eliminate stress and pressure, and Ed Sheeran is actually one of them. The superstar literally doesn’t have a smartphone. Instead, he uses an old-school flip phone and an iPad, which he uses only for mandatory calls and emails.
Ed is a living example of why you should give up the online world and opt for a more “in the now” mantra. And it isn’t a step backwards in technology or thinking, it’s a step forward in better caring for himself. We should all learn from that.
So, what about tomorrow?
I won’t preach to you and act like I won’t be posting Facebook statuses tomorrow. Without a doubt, I’ll be back on that bandwagon, but the point of this was to remind by myself and those reading this that there is an offline world out there, and it is a good one. Sometimes you just have to shut off your gadgets and get back down to Earth…to remember exactly what it feels like to be alive and not just digitally connected.