5 Reasons To Take A Break From Your Cell Phone

5 Reasons To Take A Break From Your Cell Phone

So take a chance, put down the phone, and see what it can change for you.
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While the technology that fills the world is great and has so many benefits, there is also a time when it gets to be too much. There are times when we are almost too dependent on our cell phones and it would benefit us more to set them aside for just a little while; sometimes you just need a break and I'll tell you five reasons why.

1. You get a break from social media.

While social media is a great way to stay in touch with what your family and friends are doing and to keep up to date with what is going on throughout the world, there comes a time when it can also become too much. It’s almost like there is a stress that comes along with social media; how many favorites you get on a tweet or likes on a photo seem to start to define who you are on that network. Sometimes it becomes too crazy and a break from all of that can do good and you don’t have to worry if you’re getting enough likes on your status.

2. Time to yourself

I’m not saying that when you have your phone you don’t get time to yourself because you very well could, however it gives you more time to focus on you. When you have your phone there are so many things right at your fingertips, social media, texting, candy crush, pokemon go, or whatever app may catch your interest, letting go of that, just for a little while, allows you to focus on you. You’re allowed some time to yourself where you can just focus on your needs and wants and not be distracted by the technological world.

3. You find time for other things

Taking a step back from your cell phone can give you a chance to find time for other things as well. The time you would normally be scrolling through twitter or taking the perfect picture for instagram, would now be free for you to do anything you want. You may find yourself sitting around with nothing to do since you don’t have a phone there to distract you with all of it’s endless possibilities, that empty spot could make you realize that you could read that book you’ve picked up many times and was distracted from, or even just clean your room. Even though you have all of these opportunities while you have your phone, it’s easy to get distracted when you could be doing so many other things online.

4. You see what you're missing

Sometimes it is possible to get so absorbed by your cell phone that you don’t notice certain things that are going on around you. When you put your phone down and go for a walk you could notice all the little things that are passed over every day. It gives you an opportunity to really study what goes on and maybe gain some appreciation for all the little things.

5. Disconnection leads to connection

Finally, and this may be my favorite one, disconnecting from your phone opens up the chance for real connection. Although you may have great connection over the phone with the chance to message a friend, send them a picture, or even facetime them within a minute, the conversations can only go so far over your mobile devices. When you let your phone sit whether for just a few minutes or to take a break from it to eat a meal, it offers face to face communication. When you’re attached to the phone it may close those doors, something on your phone may seem more interesting that having a conversation in person but when you put it down and spend quality time with a person, relationships begin to grow much stronger, the time together more valuable and it’s pretty great.

It’s no lie that cell phones are a great thing. Having the ability to pick it up and message a friend who you haven’t heard from in a while, or call a family member in another state is an amazing gift to have, however it can also get to the point where enough is enough and it could take away from the quality of life. So take a chance, put down the phone, and see what it can change for you.


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Break Up With Your Phone, Cause I'm Bored

Take a phone cleanse, please

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It's A Beautiful Day To Ignore The Day

It's a Tuesday, late afternoon. The sun is glowing. The birds are certainly chirping and the breeze is a-blowin through the trees and the moss dangles in wisps throughout the branches. But where are you? Where am I? Where are we all? Probably inside, completely ignorant of the beauty that is happening outside our doors with or without our acknowledgment. And we're probably on our phones.

Txt Me Back

Does anyone else cringe with this new weekly report from our trusty iPhone that lets us know just how much time we averaged on our device that week? I do. Every time. And it was such an accomplishment to see that I went down 4 hours from the week before last week. Four hours!!! What even? That is whack that I could even go down that much, that there was even that much, to begin with. I think that we have forgotten how to sit in silence and think, to look around and take in the surroundings. We fill to gaps with apps on our phones instead. We fill the moments we wait for people to text us back with "scroll time" rather than "me time". Rather than look outside and sit in the shade and drink in the fresh air.

Safety Net

I think that our phones have become our safety nets, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. If I ever feel uncomfortable walking alone to my car, I can whip out my phone and call my mom or my sister and feel a sense of security through being on a call. We use our phones in awkward situations. We use them to locate each other and to make sure everyone is safe. This is all so so so good! But I think we also are using them in circumstances where there is no problem, no emergency, no discomforting scenario. We are learning to be dependent on them. And though it's not all bad, I challenge you to take a walk outside next time you find yourself mindlessly scrolling over the same Instagram feed for the 12th time that hour. Look at the trees and at the birds that fly by you.

Break up with your phone for a sec. You might be less bored.

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