I Did A Phone Cleanse
In all honesty, this phone cleanse was a total and complete accident.
On Friday my Mom and I decided to go out for coffee. Â After I received my coffee, I realized that the lid was a tad too small for my mini sized cup. Â I was spinning my phone on the way home and my phone fell charge side first into the coffee cup. Â We got home as quickly as possible and I stuck my phone in rice for 36 hours.
Putting your phone in rice after getting it wet one way or another is supposed to help the phone “heal”. Â The rice acts like an absorbent to take all (or most) of the liquid out of the phone and possibly save the phone (and your wallet) having to get another one.
The entire first day was very hard. Â I wouldn’t say that I’m glued to my screen 24/7, but I do always have it with me. Â Sometimes I would be on my computer working or going downstairs to grab a snack and I’d carry it with me like it can’t be alone in my room. Â I kept having this feeling like I’m missing something then I would remember that I didn’t have my phone with me. Â Started immediately looking for it and then I would remember the events that took place earlier in the day and the reason why I didn’t have my phone. Â For most of the evening I would constantly go back and forth thinking about pulling my phone out all together just so I could check my social media but I never did.
I also realized how much time I spend on my phone. Â While I’m watching tv I’m either playing solitaire or on Instagram liking pictures and deciding which ones I want to put up myself. Â It seems like I always have to be multitasking in one way or another.
Time also goes by way faster when you don’t have your phone. Â When you have your phone by you, you’re always checking the time which makes time go by slower than it needs to be. Â Kind of like the saying “A watched pot never boils”. If you continue to check your phone, time feels a lot slower.
I went to bed without knowing what time it was which was a little nerve-racking for me. Â I like to keep on a schedule, even if it’s going to bed around the same time every night.
I woke up the next day and excepted my “I have no phone today” fate.
I went out to do some errands for my day that I had planned to do before my phone took a coffee bath. Â When I told my Mom I was leaving, she immediately gave me her phone. Â This is when I realized how important it is for me to always have my phone while going out. Â Even though I’m grown, it makes me feel better than my Mom knows where I am. Â Also, I never realized how essential my playlist is while driving (because I hate radio commercials). Â I have it so much easier now than my parents did when they were younger. Â They couldn’t just plug their phone into the car and listen to their own playlist. Â They also couldn’t just pick up their phone and just text their parents to let them know that they’re ok.
I counted the hours before I can take my phone out of the rice and be back in my hands (it’s been 27 hours now). I’m trying to keep my phone in rice for at least 36 hours.
From this experience, I have learned that I’m on my phone way more than I thought I was and it’s not helping me live my best life. Â Being off of your phone every once and a while is good for you. Â I also realized that I am driving my entire family crazy because I’m driving myself crazy without my phone!
This summer I am challenging YOU to go without a phone for ONE day!
How long is the longest you’ve been without your phone? *Camping doesn’t count!* Let me know in the comments how it turns out!
Until next time,