As I have written in the past, I enjoy podcasts very much. Recently I have found a wonderful podcast for moms called “Inspired to Action” with Kat Lee. This week’s podcast topic was “Talk More, Tech Less: Balancing Technology and Family with Dawn Wible.” Over the past few weeks I have been challenged by several great topics on this podcast, but this one really hit home for me.
If you are brutally honest with yourself, you will likely agree with me in saying that technology is addictive. I use my handy little smartphone for a lot of things because now it seems there is an app for everything. Recently I have noticed that I’ve started the bad habit of picking up my phone first thing in the morning with the intent to only use my bible app to do a quiet time and then 45 minutes later I am still on checking out news, weather, Facebook, and the list goes on. It is amazing how quickly that little device can suck up an hour of our time.
Since I have gotten a smartphone, my time on technology has likely doubled. Ok, probably more than that … which brings me to the challenge. After listening to Dawn Wible from http://talkmoretechless.com on this podcast, I decided it’s time to find out truly how much I use my smartphone. She mentioned downloading an app to track the time you are on your phone during the day. I’m downloading Quality Time on Android and tracking my time starting after I post this blog post. I’m a little nervous to see how much time I’m using my phone. I’m sure that it is going to shock me, and just thinking about it has made me more aware of my phone usage. In fact, I may be doing a complete media fast in the near future so that I can learn to be tech free again.
It’s time to put down the technology more and interact in a live environment. When is the last time you called someone on the phone instead of texting or emailing (or facebooking) and had a real conversation? Or even better, why not meet up for lunch or a play date since the weather is starting to get nice? Instead of handing your child the phone to play a game in the grocery store so you can get in and out quickly (I’m guilty of this), maybe we should hand them the list instead to read to us or have them put things in the basket for us. I’m challenging myself here in this too. So how about it, will you take the challenge? I think it will be good for us.
Links to check out:
Inspired to Action Podcast: http://inspiredtoaction.com/2015/03/ita75/