My phone sits right next to me while I sleep, I take it into the bathroom with me, I look at it when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, or whenever my mind starts to wander.
I use it to make lists, notes, dates, and to take pictures. I use it to find out how to get somewhere, listen to music, and to look up recipes on how to make delicious pumpkin spice muffins. I love my phone.
And I’m pretty sure my phone loves me back, because it promised not to give me cancer.
The old adage goes, if you love something, set it free, if it comes back to you it was meant to be…
So I set my phone, computer, and television free for one day.
That’s right, people. No internet. No texting. No T.V. For. One. Whole. Day.
Here’s how my day went:
7:13 I wake up and look for my phone. CRAP. Today’s the day that I’m not going to use it. BLUURG.
7:45 Feed Hudson. I feel like I should be checking Facebook right now. I pick up a book instead. This book sucks.
8:25 Pat calls me into his office to show me a Jason Schwartzman video. I run out of the room holding my eyes and screaming, “NOOO INTERNETS!! INTERNETS BAAAD!”
This is the video. It’s pretty epic:
9:34 I start getting itchy. I want to google world wide web hives.
10:49 I drive to Target. I see a guy wearing on of those hands-free headsets. Like the ones from the 90′s. It’s massive. It’s very Madonna circa Blonde Ambition World Tour, I think, that would be funny to take a photo of him and send it to Twitter. Kinda mean, but also kinda funny.
1:12 Kids are alseep. I check my emails. I just want to make sure nothing is super important. I’m not going to open them, GAH. That’s not technically cheating, right?
1:14 This would be a good time to blog, or clean the dusty pubes out of my bathroom, or watch Glee, or buy something impulsive online. I totally need a salad spinner or one of those shake-weight things.
3:22 I do none of that stuff and take a nap instead.
From there the day continued to be pretty uneventful.
But I learned that I can totally quit anytime I want. I don’t need the internet.
I did miss texting.
And I missed watching T.V.
Gosh, I love T.V.
The good news is I felt like I paid more attention to my kids. So, that was nice. Plus, I learned that my mind doesn’t always have to be busy. The phone is such a distraction from life. I actually said hi to people as I walked my dog through my neighbrohood instead of checking my RSS feed. And I read a book, and I had a meaningful conversation with my husband.
I’m thinking I should unplug more often.