Today’s prompt is from BlogHer Writing Lab.
How many times do you think you check your phone during the day?
This prompt suggested I should make a tally of every time I checked my phone throughout the day, but even I’m not obsessive enough to do that. Also, I suspect I’d be somewhat horrified to see the actual number.
This is purely a guess, but I’d say that I check my phone at least 30 times a day. I check email and texts after I get out of bed, then I play an audiobook (or podcast) while I’m in the shower and while I’m feeding our dog. Sometimes I check email, Twitter, and/or Instagram while I’m having breakfast. Then I put my audiobook/podcast back on while I’m doing my makeup, getting dressed for work, and driving to work.
I check my messages one more time before putting my phone away for the morning. At lunch, I check messages again as well as Twitter and Instagram, if I have time.
After work, I check messages yet again. (I’m seeing a pattern here.) I play my audiobook/podcast in the car during my drive home. After dinner, I update this blog, which I also do using my phone.
I usually read and knit in the evenings, so if I’m reading an audiobook, I’ll play that while I knit. If I’m reading on my Kindle, my phone gets a break–unless I get emails or texts, which I check as I receive them.
In addition to all of this, I also use various apps that I update throughout the day like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. And I’m sure there are others that I check every day that I’m forgetting about, plus random notifications from my reminders app, calendar app, breaking news, and other apps that pop up.
Something I have managed to get rid of is Facebook. I still have an account, but I rarely update it and don’t check it every day. I deleted the app, which was such a relief. I just really hate Facebook, so that was an easy one to quit.
I realize that this is pretty excessive and I shouldn’t constantly be on my phone. I guess I’m one of those annoying people who’s always got their head down in public, glued to their screen. When I’m spending time with my family, I try not to be on it constantly. When I’m by myself, I think that’s when I’m on it the most.
I definitely can’t keep checking my phone as much as I do. Now that I’ve listed how much I look at it throughout the day, it feels very much like an addiction. If I didn’t have my phone for a day, I’d probably feel a little crazy. But I could certainly benefit from using it just a little less.