Hold the Phone! Five Alternatives To Smart Phone Use And a More Satisfying Life

Hold the Phone! Five Alternatives To Smart Phone Use And a More Satisfying Life

 Are you finding your life increasingly dissatisfying? If so, how would you compare your satisfaction with life prior to having a smart phone?

1.) Have a meal tech-free. Remember the days when families actually sat together, around a table, dining and talking about their day? There was face-to-face human connection. Having meals with children has been linked to decreased teen pregnancy and drug abuse, along with multitudes of other family-healthy perks.

2.) Play outside with the kids, the dog, or go exploring. Just minutes a day of physical activity can improve your overall health (and Fido’s too!). If you do not have someone to be with, be outside with God’s creation. Take time to be grateful for what we have a tendency to overlook every day.

3.) Read a book. (A REAL, physical book.) Staring at a Kindle or smart phone before trying to sleep at night can cause insomnia, as the light emitted from the screen tricks the brain into thinking it is still daylight.

4.) Get together with friends and have a no-texting policy. The goal here is to engage in conversation and fun activities without the hindrance of technology. Throw your phones in a pile away from the group and talk. Laugh out loud. How many times have you laughed lately? It’s my hope that you’ve legitimately laughed more than typed or read “lol”.

5.) God time. The advent of smart phones has led to us getting urgent information more quickly. This can be helpful when someone is need of urgent prayer. Other than prayer requests, bible reading and devotion reading, how much of our time is spent with God while on-line? Those fun little apps that help us zone out can wipe out hours of our day if we are not intentional about our time.

     It is easy to become dependent on our phones. You know the statistic that we spend one and a half years of our life in the bathroom or that you drive for 4.3 years of your life? I shudder to think of the statistic that will emerge some day showing how much we use our smart phones per day. Consider how much time you spend on your phone, then consider the meaningful relationships in your life. Which do you want to spend more time on?

Published by Laura Ketchie | Counselor

Laura Ketchie, LPC is a counselor who specializes in women's issues. Her favorite verse is: "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9

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