Why is it when we have so much to do (clean the house, organize a room, sift through clutter) or so many things we should be doing (sleeping, eating, showering) or even when we have something we may want to do (read, binge watch a show, napping), we find ourselves lost in the marathon of phone scrolling? Some people would argue that it is free time, but somehow when I look up, bleary eyed from the screen, I don’t feel refreshed. I feel more exhausted, scatter brained, and anxious over all the time I just wasted and have nothing to show for it.
I feel almost ill when I finally look up. Could it be that I feel ill from the scientifically proven research of how our phone usage is causing depression? Probably. Or that I really was internalizing all the comparisons of not having a better house, better body, better children, better mental space, etc.? Someone should create an app that acts like a pedometer for your finger to calculate the scroll mileage on our phones and tablets. I’m sure the numbers would be astounding. Would that really make us stop?
I doubt it.
I’ve read many articles about what our phone addiction does and yet I still go through times were I am so wrapped up into it. I can’t stand the hold it has on me! One thing I’ve done to help this is move my phone charger away from my bed. It has helped tremendously for when I lay down to sleep and when I wake up in the morning.
Now I need to find a solution for during the day. What will really stick?