I read a blog earlier today about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and was inspired to blog about it myself, because I have been thinking about it myself over the past few months.
When did life change so much that we need to be available to people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? When is the last time you went somewhere to hangout with a friend and you didn’t look at your phone once? Or feel like you needed to tell your internet friends what you were doing? I am guilty of these things, but I have been working on trying to be better about not being on my phone when I am around others. Or not feeling like I have to answer a text, email, facebook message, etc. It isn’t an easy thing to do since I love to be around people. I don’t want someone to think I am ignoring them, but then I keep thinking about when I was a kid we didn’t have cell phones. If we weren’t at the house to answer the phone someone would leave a message on the answering machine, if we had one, and we would call them back when we could. No one thought you were being rude, they just knew that everyone wasn’t available all the time.
Why do we now think that it is rude if someone isn’t available to us when we need them? I want to put a challenge out to those who are reading this, if you are out with someone, or are spending time with your family while you are at home, put away your phone… silence it, turn it off, do whatever you need to so we can spend QUALITY time with those that are in the room with us. I am challenging myself, believe me, it won’t be easy, but I think it will be worth it and your friends may not put their phones away, but I bet if they see you aren’t checking your phone it will catch on and they will stop checking their phones, as well.
So, if you try to contact me and I don’t reply right away, chances are I am out with my friends and/or family and I want to spend time with them, and not them and the rest of the world. It isn’t that I don’t love my friends that are trying to contact me on my phone, I just want my friends and family to know I care about them enough that I won’t allow my phone to be a distraction.
Do you find yourself spending more time with your phone than those in the same room as you?
Until next time…