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How Your Phone Is Taking Over

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Heyo! First, I would like to apologize for not posting Bible Verse Wednesday, I was doing a lot of scheduled posts for a time because I was busy, and I would have sworn I put BVW on the list, but they are coming back. 😀 Meaning, Sunday is Weekly Challenges, Wednesday is Bible Verse Wednesday, and other than that I am free because by Being An Entrepreneur Series is over because I had no more ideas come in. ❤ You’ll at least see me three times a week. 🙂 But, for now, back on topic.

Social Media

As Americans, we face technology in our face constantly. Right now I am typing this on my laptop. You’re looking at this with your laptop, phone, or tablet. You (possibly) blog, too. Then you have social media, I don’t have it, but a lot of people do. The only thing I have is Pinterest which is seriously addictive. (I mean, seriously). So, as you know on one of my Weekly Challenges I took one week off of Pinterest, it was seriously hard, but I did it. 😁 I think every once in a while we need to release from what the world says is ‘acceptable’ (being on your phone for hours, playing video games all the time, and other stuff, etc). Not only, when you are online, you can experience bad ads, cyber bullying, but it also is extremely addicting and can really slow you down mentally. 😢 For example, I love to read, but sometimes my go-to is on my laptop instead of reading. I am trying to get back on track, and I am, but for the last few weeks, I haven’t been as focused. Screens are distracting and the buzzes (notifications) we get on our phones divert our attention to more important things. Now, I want to ask you some questions:

Have you ever…?

  • Burnt food because you were on your device
  • Not listened to a friend/family member because of the device
  • Been grounded because you are addicted and your parents think you need some time off
  • Picked up a book, read one page, then picked up your phone
  • Been on YouTube/Pinterest for three hours straight (or more)
  • Let chores pile up because you were on your device

You don’t have to share those answers with me, but do answer mentally. Now, some of those things could happen for other reasons, but if it had to do with a device I am telling you-you need a break. I’m not saying stop blogging or texting with your friends. But, maybe try and make yourself stop a little bit and read a book, spend some time with your family, do an art project, or extra homework.

How I Fixed Am Fixing My Problem:

I can’t say I fixed it, yet. Yet. 😏 I am starting to keep a log on how long I have been spending on the computer. It started on Monday, (the most recent one), and I’ve been really trying to keep it up. It’s working and just having that log and seeing how long I’ve been on my computer is opening my eyes. All you need is a book and to look at your watch on how long you’ve been on there. (And you can also ask someone to help you keep track of how long you’ve been on there, accountability partners are great). 😍 It’s not going to be easy. Just having the log will keep you on your toes. 😆

If you can’t go without something for more than a day it’s an addiction.

Now, don’t think of food, water, or those kinds of things. I’m talking phone, laptop, TV, and iPod. Now, I go to an online school, so everything (reports, class,) is on my computer. But, I don’t count that in my log because I can’t help that, but I can help Pinterest time, blog time, writing (my novel) time, YouTube time, and more.

What do you do?

-Start that log on computer/phone time

-Instead of writing on your computer, which is what I do, maybe go back to paper just for a little while

-Take a week off Pinterest, YouTube, and etc. (You can go back to my Weekly Challenges and see my results/what my challenges were for this

-Read a lot and journal too


 

I hope this was helpful. ❤ See y’all soon!

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45 thoughts on “How Your Phone Is Taking Over”

  1. Great post as usual Ari! I have a chrome extension called “Time Tracker” that is free and very helpful! It only works on the chrome browser, but it shows sites and length of time 🙂 I love it!

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  2. This is so me atleast will soon be a was as i’m working on it , i’ve been grounded ,burnt food,slept late all thanks to technology so yes definitely working on it and i definitely agree pinterest is addicting
    Great post and so important

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          1. You know, I never cared for anything sweet… but in the last few years, I can wreak havoc on a dozen donuts like Godzilla attacking a city. 😕

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            1. 😂 That was awesome imagery. I love chocolate and ice-cream, personally. 😍 Just for encouragement, if you ever want to, my grandmother who is in her 60’s stopped drinking coffee and sweet tea.

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                    1. If I ever see one, I’ll try it!

                      I took workout supplements for a while. I just started thinking about how healthy they really were… I started looking into some of the ingredients and I was pretty shocked… so now I look at ingredients of most everything I eat. Sorry for the boring lecture… just why I don’t eat much I’ve cream lol!

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                    2. Awesome! Oh, wow, good for you. I just work out and try to eat better. I’m off sugar right now which is why I may seem a bit off. 😛 And no worries, I love “lectures”.

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                    3. I can assure you you’re not crazy! And even if you were, I’d make you look normal lol! I’m a natural goofball…

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                    4. Perhaps… but until you talk to people with a British accent, or stare at people awkwardly just to see how they react, you’re not John crazy (I’m John)

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                    5. Oh, nice to formally meet you, I’m Ariana. Actually, I convinced people because of my accent I was British because I had to have one for the show. They thought I was somehow British and I have stared at my sister. Challenge: h ave you ever walked into a pole/door in public? Now that’s Ari style crazy. Lol.

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                    6. Lol!! Not intentionally… I like to aggravate my wife so I come up with little oddities to keep her entertained. She stayed with me and said I do…. 😏

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                    7. I’ve found the more I pick on people, the more I like them. Just never take me too seriously lol!

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  3. This is such a good post! And YES its so important to take your eyes off the screens and socialise a bit! Because the real life (and the more beautiful one) lies outside these screens! It is so great that you are trying to manage your time doing it. I too want to take a break out of these social media platforms and start socialising a bit!
    Thank you for this amazing post!
    Penny x

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  4. This post was super helpful I love it!! I’m all about social interactions face to face but sometimes I get too caught up in screen time at home and I really want to fix myself before “preaching” to others. The idea of logging in timing is amazing – thank you for this!

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