I am presently in McCall, Idaho (pop. 3,300) but because of the Internet I am connected to Cuenca and can operate Loaves And Fishes with the help of my friend and partner Kelbert Bortone. I am in McCall to have a long overdue family reunion with grandkids.
Two days ago I was in Notus, Idaho (pop. 560) to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday.
Even in the car traveling in the mountains of Idaho I was connected to my business through a wifi hotspot.
I do have concerns about the constant connectivity. I am well aware the my already short attention span is growing shorter with my increased dependence on the smartphone. I noticed that my two older grandchildren were glued to their phones for hours at a time.
The following article about smartphones is worth a read. There are disturbing long term effects on constant smartphone use. What do you think?
In November 2017 I stated I was addicted to my smartphone and promised to report back on my progress. I loaded two apps to record my smartphone usage and I was shocked on how much time I spent on the device.
Some days my usage exceeded 3 hours.
I noticed the following patterns that I have since corrected.
- When in the house I no longer look at the phone for the time. I either use a clock or ask Alexa
- I have removed the Facebook and other social media apps from my phone
- I have removed all notifications
- The phone is no longer on my night stand when I go to bed
- I have set aside 3 times a day to answer email. No more answering email on demand
- I use remote controls rather than my smartphone to control the TV.
- I am very aware that when I am bored I go to the smartphone.
My usage is still over an 90 minutes a day. I’m seriously thinking about a no digital day and only answer the phone when someone calls. In another 3 months I will report back on the changes in my smartphone usage.
The following article is a must read for anyone thinking about cutting down their smartphone usage.
Smartphone Detox: How to power down in a wired world