Do you feel addicted to your mobile phone? Me too - Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, WhatsApp. Or are you simply weary of owning such a 'busy' mobile?

Over the last 2 months being at home, a time of reflection and inner work, my mobile phone usage came into question.

1. Why do I feel a need to 'check-in' when I go anywhere was my first question. For whose benefit is it? Do I really need a google summary of my journeys and for what purpose? it serves no purpose.


2. Why do I need to take a photo/video and post it immediately? Because I like to 'share the moment' spontaneously, but in reality, most people are going about their day and will catch up with facebook later.


3. When I go out, am I really engaged in my surroundings whilst my mobile heats up in my handbag or pocket? The answer was no.


4. How often do I use my camera and video? Often.


5. How often to I use all the other Apps on my phone other than social media? Rarely.


6. Do I use a QR scanner? No.


7. Do I use my mobile to pay for items in shops? No.


8. Is my mobile phone usage excessive? Yes.


9. How do I feel when I forget my phone and leave it at home? Annoyed and lost.


10. How does it make you feel when you think of being without a smartphone?
Nervous and empowered.
 

11. Do I worry about my mobile phone having a negative impact on my health? Yes.

Those are a selection of questions I asked myself, and it was important for me to answer these truthfully. Maybe you could go through this same process?


This week I decided to take the plunge and sell my smartphone and purchase a £20 2G mobile - no GPS, data, camera ..... just a call and text mobile only, for when I am away from home. It is interesting how daunting this is feeling and makes me realise even more what a slave I had become to this device, but it is also feeling very empowering!
 

I believe many of us would like to be free of all wifi and mobile phones, but to cut everything out of your life in one go is a big ask, it is also so very convenient, quick to use and a form of communication essential for those living in rural areas, who travel distances, especially with children in the car.


I am a believer in 'baby steps' ... 'every bit helps' ... and this is a start.
 

When I leave the home, I will take my new mobile with me, and revert back to my standalone camera for taking photographs if needed. All my social media can wait until I am at home connected to my wifi. This will mean a reduction in my phone usage and I will not spend so much time being instantly available on the various social media platforms. It will take some adjusting, but I am up for the challenge!


I originally wrote about this recently on a blog and the Missing Kind Charity (Reg 156133) invited me to run this page under their 'Kinda' brand, for which I am grateful.  www.missingkind.org
 

I invite you to join me on the KindaPhone smartphone challenge. Please comment under this post if you are joining me. Thanks everyone!

 

Email me at tamaya@btinternet.com to share your experience of making the change.

 

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