I've owned a phone since the second grade, and I've been through all sorts of phases with them:
1) the "use it to call my parents" phase
2) the "use it to play snake/solitaire" phase
3) the "use it to text my friends" phase
4) the "use it to listen to music" phase
5) the "use it to log onto AOL Instant Messenger" phase
And then about 5 years ago, on came along SOCIAL MEDIA, changing the whole ball game.
I thus entered a new "relationship," or phase, with my phone, one that I'd like to call:
The "I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU!"
I never thought that being overly attached to my phone was a serious problem until I came to the realization that I was using my phone to RUN AWAY.
Run away from what, you ask?
a) My awkwardness when I was in a room full of strangers I didn't know
b) My boredom/lack of motivation
c) My anxiety when it came to doing homework/anything else that seemed like it required too much brain juice
I then started to see that that I no longer spent time doing the things I actually LOVED, things like:
a) Finding and reading really amazing books
b) Engaging artistically (Painting, writing, drawing)
c) Having conversations with my parents (that did not involve me trying to maintain eye- contact with them while simultaneously texting my friends and checking all my social media accounts)
d) Practicing the piano (It has gotten rather dusty, I'm ashamed to say)
e) Problem-Solving/Critically Thinking (Because now I can just Google everything)
f) SLEEPING. (Texting friends, watching random videos > afternoon naps)
^ I gave all of those things simply because I was too hooked on social media.
This God-inspired realization made made me incredibly sad. I thought back to who I was when I wasn't overly attached to my phone. I was so much more creative and so much more ENERGETIC. I never fell asleep in class. I never compared my image to anyone else's. I never felt the urge to check my phone every 3 minutes. I felt free being me.
This year, I decided I wanted to go back to the "me" I was without a phone, except without giving up my phone entirely.
It has been a work in progress, but I see so much change in me ALREADY.