Addiction – It’s a Part Time Job

My dad likes to give me a hard time about how much I use my phone. He’s even gone as far as saying I have an addiction. Of course, I defend myself and insist this is not the case (probably with my phone in my hand).

But then I read a guest post on David Snape’s blog about a man who ditched his smart phone for a hundred days… And survived. After reading it, I thought “how nice!” But immediately decided, IMPOSSIBLE! He lived. I’d die. However, I did decide to download the app BreakFree to track phone usage. Curiosity, really. Or denial.

This is hard to admit. But then again, I guess any problem is. And apparently, I have a phone addiction! Here goes:

I average four hours of use per day. Not on phone calls, but just apps or messaging. FOUR HOURS A DAY. Simple math brings that to TWENTY HOURS a week (not including weekends). That’s a part time job!!!!

It’s not like I have nothing to do. I have seven kids. I homeschool them. Laundry is an everyday ordeal, not to mention homemade meals three times a day and cleaning. But somehow, between my claims of having no time, I find four hours each day to play on my phone.

Now, because I use my smart phone as a computer, I don’t get on the actual computer unless I have to print something for school. I also use it as a camera. I blog from it. I don’t use Facebook, but apparently other things can suck the time out of your day just as easily!

So what’s to be done? I can’t just give it up. I mean, I need my phone… what about GPS??

The app has many tools for limiting phone use, including turning off message and other notifications during select do-not- disturb hours set up by the user, disabling the internet, having auto messages sent to callers during DND hours, etc.

My main issue is I actually believe I don’t have enough time in the day to do x, y and z. Obviously because of my denial of where my time does go. So it’s finding a balance between use and life   and learning that pesky little thing called time management.

So we’ll see how it goes. Admitting the problem is the first step to recovery, right?


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