According to research, Americans check their phones once every 12 minutes. That means, if you’re located anywhere in the states, odds are you’ll be fixating your eyes on the enchanted rectangle at least 80 times a day.
Our phones have become our constant companion, trusted advisor, assistant, and keeper of all things private. Gone are the days of needing to carry a mini calendar, planner, or address book to be organized; we now have our multifaceted smartphones to manage and remotely control all aspects of our lives.
Psychologists can agree; a lot of our smartphone use is habitual, automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of.
Jerry Seinfeld noted it best, “Doesn’t it seem like we are striving to take the entire life experience and have it in our underwear? You can socialize, do work, and get entertained all in your underwear…”
We’ve become so accustomed to spending time alone or with family and friends halfway glued to our pocket sized devices that we are no longer experiencing life in its rawest form.
According to NaturalLivingIdeas.com, a study from Northwestern University revealed that the more time people spent on their phones, the more likely they were to be depressed.
Then I wondered…
Were smartphone users destined to live a mediocre life riddled with depression all in the comfort of their underwear?
So many of us lose ourselves online that we inevitably begin to forfeit our own story, thoughts, dreams and desires.
Our goals inevitable get pushed to the back burner as we log online to see others achieve theirs.
While we all aim to be connected and up to date with what’s going on in the world, this week challenge yourself and take a step back from the digital world to get in tune with the real one.
You’ll find that you’ve gained more than time back; but also contentment with your life.