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My Phone Has Taken Over My Life

Have you ever sat down and just thought about how often your phone is actually in your hand? I have and the results terrified me.

Take a moment to just sit and think about your daily routine and concentrate on how often your phone is placed in your hand.

Morning- I know the first thing that I do on a morning is switch off the alarm (on my phone) and check to see if I have any notification. I then tend to spend my first ten minutes of the day lying in bed and scrolling through numerous social media apps to see if anything interesting happened while I was asleep.

Work- I think it’s pretty good that I have a job where I can’t have my phone out as it stops me from getting distracted but unfortunately that means 80% of my lunch break is then spent checking to see if anything exciting has happened since the last time I checked my phone three hours prior.

Evening- From the moment I get home my phone is by my side no matter what room I am in. When I’m eating my phone is on my table next to my plate and I’m somebody who hates when people sit on their phones at the dinner table yet I have to have mine nearby. When I go in the bath/shower I take my phone in the bathroom though I will not go on it as I’m scared of it getting water damage. The last thing I do before going to bed is checking I have no notification and setting my alarm for the next day.

Looking at the results is pretty disturbing. The scariest thing is sitting and watching other people. When you go for a meal or just for a drink at the local coffee shop you will realise people don’t sit and have conversations like they used too as they are too busy texting other people or taking pictures of their food or drink to upload to the internet.

People always go on about how great phones are but are they just drifting us further apart from each other? Let me know what your thoughts are below.

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33 Comments

  • Reply Sofia

    I think about this so often, I use the app Moment to see how long I spend on my phone every day and the numbers are honestly horrifying. I definitely need to get into the habit of checking social media maybe only twice a day instead of 6 or more times every day like I do now. Great post, definitely gave me a little motivation to get off my phone for a few hours!

    October 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply todaysouhaila

    I always think about how the phone is my 1st time waster and it gets me back from enjoying a lot of things in life but it’s not that easy to change this by one fingers click but I’m trying to define the amount of time I need to use it really.
    Interesting topic btw

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/todaysouhaila-16860415/go-out-more-often-gomo-5189419315

    October 22, 2016 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Kayleigh Zara

    I can totally agree with this I use my phone all the time and very rarely don’t use it for large periods of time! X

    October 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply kirsty-rose

    I couldn’t agree more with this post! Luckily I also can’t be on my phone at work! But I see it when I’ve spent a whole weekend on my phone and I have nothing to show for it!

    October 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Emma

    omg this is true, although I don’t look at my phone in the morning, I want to wake up feeling fresh!! But I do take into the bath, I know I need to get away from it but it is so hard!! Great post!! xox

    October 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Jade

    I’m exactly the same with my iPad as I have a dodgy Motorola phone! It’s quite terrifying how long I actually spend scrolling and clicking though social media, I do need to change that habit!

    http://allthingsjadex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/siam-mall-mini-haul.html

    October 23, 2016 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Courteney

    I’ve started to distance myself from my phone as I got like this – its crazy though. My boyfriend is always on his x

    October 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply AbbeyLouisaRose

    Have you seen the first episode of the third series of the TV show Black Mirror? Think you’d enjoy it, it’s all about how phones and social media interactions can take over your life and it’s soooo interesting! My phone is also never far from my hand which is kinda unhealthy so I am trying to cut down on my excessive use!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    October 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply James

    I often have my phone in my hands. I even find my self picking it up at random even in one on one social encounters just out of habit. I’ve recently turned off the majority of notifications so I just check what I want when I want and I’m not being pinged at to check and read things. It’s refreshing! I’ve started leaving my phone in other rooms or at home when I go out so I can escape it.

    October 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Becca

    it’s crazy how much time we spend looking at screens when there’s an amazing world out there. If you ask basically the whole population what they would do without a phone, I’m sure most of them would be lost… I know I would be. It’s sad that I didn’t know what I used to do without technology when I was younger. It really is frightening when you assess it all. Great post lovely. X

    October 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Jessica Ann

    I completely agree, it’s scary how much time we all spend on our phones. Everytime I go to uni, all people do is look at their phones – in lectures, on the trains & walking down the street. I kind of wish I lived in a different era sometimes but I can’t deny that phones are invaluable. It’s catch 22! Jess xxx
    http://www.whosthatjessann.com

    October 23, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Holly

    This is so true! I find myself putting on a film I really want to watch yet having my phone in my hands. Need to switch off from the world and have down time. Great post 🙏🏼 X

    October 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Laura O' Toole

    So much truth in this post ! It’s very scary when you actually take a minute to think about it. It’s pretty stupid how big of a part of our lives they have become, instead of actually making the effort to socialise! Great post and photos lovely ! Laura x

    October 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Hazel

    I’m so glad I read this, this is my life, and it’s almost kindof unfortunate. I too go on about people I see in public ignoring eachother and sitting on phones, but I’m part of the problem! I absolutely love my blog and writing posts but I feel like I’ve been ten times worse for sitting on my phone and staring at it since I started putting a lot more effort into my online presence. I see there’s a few apps recommended in the comments which track usage, so I might check some of them out!

    Hazel – fleurcharms.co.uk

    October 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I’m afraid to see how much time I spend looking at my phone if I’m honest! I know I use it as one of two alarms, I use to manage my time, connect with people. I feel like part of me is lost if I don’t have my phone. I do need to get a healthy break from it though.

    Lisa | fairlyrosy.com
    x

    October 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Sam

    I agree – it’s scary how much time we spend staring at our little screens. I wrote a blog post on it myself entitled “iPhone-ly got eyes for you”:
    https://lifeabirdseyeview.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/iphone-ly-got-eyes-for-you.html?m=1

    October 23, 2016 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Very true, but if it gets nuts I make sure I step away for a bit. Everything on my phone can wait, it’s a matter of me putting it down.
    XX
    Jen

    October 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply MJ

    THAT IS LITERALLY THE WORST! MY BOYFRIEND ALWAYS TELLS ME ABOUT BEING ON MY PHONE! SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM IT!!💞💞💞

    October 24, 2016 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Such a good post! The one place I don’t use my phone is at the gym and it’s so nice to get that little break, although I am trying to cut down in social situations! It’s just hard because everyone is always on their phones!

    October 24, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    Hi,
    I’m exactly the same. It’s quiet worrying how much time we really do spend on our phones, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/

    October 24, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    What a great post! I’m forever thinking about this sorta stuff, it’s amazing how much people use their phones now, it’s used for absolutely everything. I’ve tried going a day without it but it didn’t work. Now I’ve made strict rules, none at dinner, none on nights out unless it’s a photo opportunity and none when I’m having a conversation or at lunch etc…

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    October 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Gabija

    Great post! I can totally agree with this, it’s scary to think if I’m spending 13 hours a week on screen on Snapchat… how much time am I spending on my phone in a year?

    Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com

    October 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Paul Guinane

    Lovely site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also

    November 4, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Josh

    I’m scarily attached to mine these days but trying to interact more with other blogs and be active in social. I should set aside more time for chilling with my gf and no phones though.

    Reminds me of my post from back in 2011 (think the videos in it may have been taken down)

    https://www.lookdwn.com/2011/02/mobile-phones-or-life-accessories.html

    December 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Lola

    I’ve become so additcted to mine the last few weeks and don’t remember how it feels without my phone.

    http://bodymindbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

    December 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Lexi

    I know our dependency on our phones is a little scary. It’s such a pet peeve of mine when people go on their phones during a meal (but obviously I’m often guilty of it myself too).

    LEXI LIKES

    January 6, 2017 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Honey

    I’m pretty proud of myself in that area. I check social media in the morning (if I don’t have to get up right away!), then I go to college where I usually don’t even use it if somebody isn’t texing or calling me. Then I get home and don’t even know where it is until I go to bed to check social media again (again, unless I hear it ring).
    I’ve been without a phone for 2 weeks now cause it’s broken and I didn’t have the need for one at all. My mom borrowed me her phone when I was going out just in case and that’s all 🙂
    But I do get what you’re saying. Some people just can’t put it away…

    January 23, 2017 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Mel

    This has been on my mind for the past few weeks so I’ve started a digital detox (and attempting to write a blog post on it which in a way is kind of killing my detox) in a bid to combat it. I’m totally wrecking my thumb from all of the scrolling I’m doing so it’s probably better I stay away from my phone. Is it bad that I checked my phone twice while writing this comment?

    February 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply heather

    I’m thinking of doing a ‘detox’ from it all. I recently thought about how much im on my tablet/phone and its worrying 🙁 time to spend more time with people in ‘real life’!!

    February 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    Interesting concept for this post – it’s a great thing to analyze actually. We don’t often step back and analyze whether our “phone obsessions” may be unhealthy. I agree, I’m unfortunately a victim of my phone always being in my hand or by my side. I think it’s a problem when you are dependent on your phone and allow it to put a barrier between you and others around you.

    February 18, 2017 at 9:06 am
  • Reply The Sunday Mode

    When I became aware of how much my phone was always with me I actually really hated it and wanted to change my habits asap. So now I go hour chunks at a time with my phone in my bedroom or in another room/my bag while I’m doing other things elsewhere and it’s actually really refreshing to not have it with me all the time! It’s like my brain can focus better.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    February 22, 2017 at 7:47 am
  • Reply adele

    I so agree with this, I actually just made a post on not using my phone for a weekend away.. it was so refreshing. I hate how much I use my phone really but it is an evil necessity! Your blog here is so lovely by the way, I love finding new blogs like yours to read! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    April 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Beth

    I always think about this, yet of course I saw your post on my phone which I am still using to comment on this! Loved this post! X

    August 21, 2017 at 7:20 am
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