I’m addicted to my phone. I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, but I also think you’d be hard-pushed to find someone my age who could hand on heart say they don’t have an unhealthy attachment to the small piece of technology they carry around every day. It’s sort of a love/hate thing – I despise how reliant I feel on it, but I can’t change how much I use it.
My New Year’s Resolution was to scroll less, i.e spend less time endlessly lurking on various forms of social media. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop completely, but I have strongly reduced how much time I spend looking at other people’s holiday photos so that’s something.
But it”s still such an impulse for me, to absent-mindedly head to Twitter when I’m not doing something else – or even when I am. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against social media as such. I love keeping up with old friends on Facebook, and Twitter is a huge source of news for me these days. I just don’t think it’s particularly great for me, personally.
Last week I flew to Majorca, and slightly before going I was informed that the hotel doesn’t have wifi. So, after having a slight meltdown at the idea of spending a week cut off from the world, I realised this could be the perfect opportunity to take a break from not just social media, but my phone in general.
Now, I didn’t stick to this religiously. I had roaming data I could use, so I wasn’t completely out of touch. The UK general election took place 2 days into my holiday, and I was far too wrapped up in it to not find out how things turned out. I also had to keep in touch with my mum and my boyfriend, to let them know I hadn’t overdosed on a combination of suncream and Mojitos.
But I loved it. I kept my phone on flight mode the whole time, just turning that off once or twice a day for a short amount of time. I did plenty of sunbathing, eating, drinking and swimming, all without that antsy feeling of needing to check my phone every few minutes.
Instead of reading buzzfeed articles and lengthy whining Facebook statues, I actually read books – books! Would you believe it?! We played cards, we went for walks and we talked so much. It was glorious, and it was exactly the type of isolating break I needed after god-knows-how-long of juggling two jobs.
Of course, now that I’m home I don’t think my phone has been out of my reach for longer than 5 minutes. But the short break was nice, and very needed, and I would definitely recommend trying it out.