Once upon a time I decided I needed a smart phone. I mean talking on the phone and texting weren’t enough, right? I needed to be able to check my email accounts, update my facebook status, search the world wide web, you name it. Pretty much do anything I would normally do on my computer, I needed to do on my phone. Everybody else was doing it! I didn’t want to miss out. And that’s how it began.
My thinking when I got my smart phone was that it would make my life so much easier. With all of the juggling I had to do with my work, household, and family, it would surely give me just the freedom I needed to manage all of those things on the go. It seemed like a no brainer to me.
Well, I was wrong. Since I got my smart phone, I find myself checking my inbox on my phone while I’m at my son’s soccer game instead of watching his big play. When we’re at the park, I’m posting status updates on facebook, rather than pushing my daughter on the swing. When I could be talking with my kids, I’m replying to a not at all urgent email. What’s happened to me? This isn’t freedom, that’s for sure. It’s more like an albatross around my neck!
We all know that the first step in recovery is admitting you’ve got a problem. Well, I’ve got one. It’s called Mommy’s Distracted Disorder, otherwise known as I’m Addicted To My Smart Phone. And you know what? That’s not the Mommy I want to be, and it’s not the role model for my children that I want to be either.
So, starting today I’ve stopped checking email and facebook and the internet on my phone. That’s right, only phone calls and text messages for me until I can be trusted to handle more. There’s plenty of time to check emails and status updates when I’m at the computer. Just because the technology exists for me to do those things when I’m at the park with my kids doesn’t mean I have to. Care to join me? I’m going to need all the support I can get!
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