Going offline, it’s all the hype right now to go a day/week or longer without your smartphone glued to your hands. I have to say, I hate and love it at the same time. I love not having the ‘burden’ of having to answer calls, messages and check out what happened on social media but I also really enjoy those things and I like being in touch with my loved ones on the other side of the world.
I recently joined a gym in the hopes it would give me some social contacts but what I saw when I was walking to nowhere on the treadmill is that every single person around me was on their mobile phone looking at some video or messaging. So, what did I do? I got my phone out, put some music on and ignored everything else around me like the good girl I am.
Even my boyfriend, whom I love dearly. He has this obsession with answering messages straight away, I guess it’s better than my ‘not answering at all’ strategy but it’s really annoying if you’re trying to talk and that evil box makes a noise and all of the sudden he can’t hear you because well yeah boys, they can’t do two things at the same time.
It makes me anxious, I constantly have the feeling I need to do something while that’s often not even true or the thing I ‘have to do’ is write a blog post or post on Instagram and yeah if I go on Instagram I really need to try and comment as much as I can because we have to keep the community alive and well, they comment on my posts right? But, I can’t even find the people or posts anymore because of the stupid new algorithm and now I’m to confused and angry at Mark Zuckerberg to even bother commenting and then I feel guilty for not commenting as much… See the vicious cycle here?
I real life I don’t know anyone that has actually done a ‘smart phone detox’ and I might have to consider going offline in the near future. But not yet…