There’s a saying that goes,
An excess of anything is bad.
But we are living a life of excess everyday. Excesses of food, TV, information, lethargy, negativity, pollution, alcohol, drugs, money, what not. Sure, there’s minimalism in our home decors, in the art work we buy, and in our hearts too, but that’s an excess of another kind.
Relax, this blog post isn’t about how you should lead a hermit’s life. But it is about cutting back on an excessively obsessed life, one bad habit at a time.
I’m talking about the number one excess we indulge in daily – Our phones.
Remember there was a time when phones were only meant to make and recieve calls? There was a time when if you wanted to connect to the internet, you would have to use a desktop, or a laptop. There are househlds now where you won’t find a desktop because the family’s online requirements are taken care of by their phones, or their tabs, or their watches
This phenomenon is very well reflected in a though-provoking, contemporary poem by Deepika titled – The Massive Bugs, where among others, she talks about the ‘phone-bug’ that’s bitten us.
It forced me to think – when did this technology get so out of hand that we eat and sleep with it right beside us? It’s like our phones are our Mentors, Managers and Secretaries, all wrapped in one plasticky (okay, metallic, you phone-freaks), inanimate body. It’s almost as if they have a life of their own. Oh wait… they do!
We keep cribbing about how too much of ‘us’ is out there for prying eyes to see, how there’s no privacy anymore, without realising that it’s our own doing.
Our phones keep a track of what we do, where we go, how we look, who we interact with…. even what’s in our bank accounts and how we spend it. No matter how much you encrypt data to keep it safe, someone out there is going to find a way to crack through your digital fortress… someday.
This report discusses a study according to which Indians spend around 160 minutes a day on their phones. Alarming, isn’t it, that while we can’t even spare a minute of our busy lives on more important things like working-out to keep ourselves fit, we can spend nearly 3 hours browsing on our phones. Just how busy are we again? There are other reports too. All you have to do is consult Google and it will tell you that it’s the same story EVERYWHERE!
But like I said before, this post isn’t about you relinquishing phones altogether, though God knows, that’s what we should work towards. This post is about a simple initiative that we may take, to make a change in our lives, beginning with just one day.
I have talked before about going wireless on vacations to enjoy your off-time even more in this post. Taking my own advice, this time when I was on a family vacation to Goa, I managed to stay away from my phone (except in my hotel room), kept the photgraphs off social media, refrained from talking about it on social media too, and concentrated on experiencing as much of the place as I could in the limited time and place. Coming back to Deepika’s poem, both of us agreed how we should take a day off from our (ph)ony lives and try living in the real world – phone-free and wireless.
This post is about an initiative both Deepika and I are taking, and we want YOU to be a part of this initiative. We are celebrating –
Here are the rules and instructions for the day –
⇒ To be observed on the Last Sunday of every month.
⇒ No phones, no social media (not even on tabs, desktops, or any other device).
⇒ Phone allowed only for – some calls (keep them short, to the point, important ones only). No texting, emailing, whatsapping or snapchatting, or whatever. Work related emails or messages are allowed, but try to minimize usage.
⇒ Try to get other’s involved ( through word of mouth, or do it a day before)
⇒ Put the above logo on your blog the day after the Fone Free Day and faithfully record how your day was spent.
⇒ Next month, on the Last Sunday, create a post with this same logo and tell other people to get involved.
Since tomorrow is the last Sunday of this month, the First Fone Free Day will be tomorrow, i.e. 26th March, 2017.
You do not have to link my or Deepika’s name to your blog posts about this initiative. We are not asking for credit. We are only asking for observance – honest observance.
We know it will be uncomfortable initially. It’ll be for us as well. Personally, these days I can’t go without you guys and Pinterest (I have an obsession with Pinterest). So many of us and so much of our lives depend on our phones for numerous things, but remember it’s about cutting back on an excess in life. Surely you can do that for one day a month? Right?
Still with me?
Hi5! 😀 😀
Remember, this is an initiative to put back some reality into our lives; reclaim ourselves and quit being slaves to technology. Kick back, relax, like Sundays are supposed to be enjoyed. Grab a book (Kindles are allowed, as long as you aren’t shopping online or browsing for books 😉 ). Paint something, create something, meet people in person, not on screens, or just be. But don’t use your phone.
It’s one day in an entire month. It’s not an obligation, but voluntary and of course, if you have an emergency, you are free to use your phone. But remember, if you cheat, you’ll only be cheating yourself. This is for our own good.
So I’m game for tomorrow. I’ll get back to you guys only on Monday with a summary of what I did on a day without my phone.
Are you with me?
P.S. – If you have queries, please ask away before the clock strikes 12. This Cinderella will become unavailable to you on any social media platform after midnight tonight.
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