As part of my New Years resolution I decided to take on a new challenge every month of this year. My challenge for March was no mobile phone! It has been a very interesting and peaceful experience.
Did you know?
“the average person checks their phone 150 times a day!“
According to no phone zone, if you spend between 3 and 4 hours on your phone each day, each month you will have spent about 100 hours on your phone. Over the average lifetime, that amounts to 11 years! Shocking right! I want those 11 precious years to be spent doing something valuable, creating memories - not wasting time on my phone.
Space to think
After quitting my phone the first thing that I noticed was how I had space to think. I remember it being the first Sunday without a phone and I felt so relaxed and peaceful. I was sat with my thoughts and suddenly realised, I don't do this! How could I have not ever had a day where I just sat there relaxed with nothing to do but be by myself - with my thoughts and my thoughts alone. I began to think about so many interesting things. I realised that in the moments where we have space or time to think we usually pass it by scrolling on our phones. Which means the majority of the population is not thinking?! Scary!
I also noticed that I was able to focus on the tasks I was doing instead of getting side tracked by checking my phone when a message came in. In turn I had more time, those 3 or 4 hours a day were now mine. I was no longer a slave to my phone! I was becoming even more productive than usual.
Most people think you are weird
I have to acknowledge that most people thought I was weird. To go against the grain was not that easy and most people just didn't really understand why I would bother doing it. I did however, find a few souls who I connected with and embraced my challenge also. I even found two people who knew other individuals that did not own phones! I wasn't alone in my thinking, at least.
I would like to bring back to our attention to the fact that we are still being harmed by radiation. It may not be plastered all over the box in the same way we do for cigarettes but I have never seen a report that shows it is healthy to have a phone stuck to our head all day. Trying to remind others that phones are bad for us didn't have much impact. Radiation is a serious issue but since phones are part of our everyday life people seem to have forgotten about the risks.
Children mining Colbalt
The other fact I found out was that children in the Congo mine Colbalt, a mineral that is used in smart phones. This video really struck me where it hurts.
I experienced so many positive benefits from removing my mobile phone from my life and I feel so much more peaceful. A few of my friends haven't quite come to terms that I will be ditching my phone for good. And I fear I may lose a few in the process but I still am contactable by a landline, email and Facebook.
As with all the challenges I have tried so far there is definitely a learning experience here. So I dare you to try this for just 24 hours and see how you feel.
Thank you for reading and supporting my journey of inner growth!
With love & gratitude.