A few days ago I watched a video about how much time we spend on our phones.
If, let’s say, you start using your phone when you’re 10, and you use it for 80 years for 4-6 hours a day, when you’re 90 years old you would’ve spent 20 YEARS STARTING AT YOUR PHONE.
OUT OF THE 80 YEARS, 20 WOULD’VE BEEN SPENT ON YOUR PHONE.
If that statistic isn’t terrifying, I don’t know what is.
Anyways, this triggered me big time and I, right then and there, realized that I need to spend less time on my phone. I use my phone for work, yes, but I know that I use my phone mindlessly more often that I’d like to admit.
Watching a movie at home? Why not take out my phone and scroll on Instagram too.
Waiting in line at the store? What’s up Twitter.
Home from a long day at work? Let’s see what Facebook is up to.
Next thing you know, it’s an hour and a half later, and you literally wasted that time doing nothing.
Now before you say:
‘Gabie, I’m just trying to relax. I’m home from work, I just wanna see what’s happening on social media‘
Let me ask you this:
Was that the ONLY time you checked your social media that day? When you got back home from work?
I say that the answer is a big, fat no.
You were probably on your phone at work, then during lunch hour, and perhaps even on your way home. So using the excuse (and hey, I’ve done it too!) that you need to ‘relax by scrolling on your phone,’, is just another way for us to avoid the fact that we are addicted to our phones.
I can’t even tell you how many times my fingers automatically pressed on the Instagram icon.
I don’t even think about it, because it’s become such a habit. I even moved my Instagram app from the first page to the second, and without thinking — my finger still goes to press right where Instagram was!
I’m setting myself a challenge:
Spend 2 hours or less on my phone every single day.
I started this on Sunday. and that day, from 730 am till midnight, I spent only 1 hour and 43 minutes on my phone.
Monday….. It was 2 hours and 40 minutes. (goddamnit.)
Tuesday it was 1 hour and 44 minutes!
I downloaded this app Moment which helps me track my usage, and I set a limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes — but my goal still remains 2 hours.
I’m excited to regain this time and put it to good use.
Less mindless scrolling, more productive moments!