Have you ever walked into Walmart
and noticed their cell phone service station? Walk on towards the back of the store you’ll be greeted by a long line of iPhones
Galaxies, and LG’s
. And all are calling your name with “cheap” prices and service deals. You take out your money and you buy one with everything you’ve saved up. The next thing you know you have a monthly minutes plan and everything’s
going your way. But that’s not the end of the story. All too soon, rather than being a blessing, this shiny new phone becomes a thorn. It controls you rather than you controlling it. Every five minutes you feel the need to check if you have any new texts, emails, or interesting status updates. You notice that you’re on your phone more than you’re off it, even to the point of texting
through real conversations with real people standing right in front of you.
You’re living in the virtual world.
This, in a nutshell, is a picture of far too many teens today. That five/six-inch device turned from something that was useful into something that is, in fact, stealing your life. Take it from someone who dealt with getting a little too stuck on her old phone, life is so much sweeter when you’re unplugged more than you’re plugged in.
So, in today’s post, speaking from experience, I intend to share a little advice on how to be able to enjoy your phone without turning into another texting, cell phone wielding, zombie.
First, it’s a good idea to have a set amount of time you spend on your phone each day. And prioritize the way you spend your time while plugged in. On most days, I spend no more than an hour at most on my phone and that’s just so I can talk to a good friend of mine. It might work best for you to time it yourself or you might get your mom or dad to time you. Having a set amount of time you allow yourself keeps you from going overboard. And you also save data so that’s a plus! Next, mute your notifications.
Mute it. The ring letting you know you have a message can be tempting
and cause you to “just check” far too often. When I have it on, I usually
set it on vibrate and have a set time to check my notifications.
Don’t take your phone everywhere. You don’t need it every moment of everyday. And when you do go out and have to take it with you, its a much better idea to put it in your purse than it is to put it in your pocket. Of course, this will only work for girls, but it makes it harder to just grab it if you have to open your bag and find it.
Turn it off. You might find this odd, but I normally have my cell turned off all day. Being a homeschooler, I don’t really have a need of it. Most of the time, it is turned off and tucked away in a drawer. This might seem extreme and you might not want to do this, but it’s a thought.
When you do have it on, have a good reason. Meaning don’t just absentmindedly check Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’re on to text a good friend, text that friend and don’t let it turn into two hours of pinning after five minutes of texting. Again, you save data and this makes it less likely you will become dependent on it.
I guess it all comes down to this, use your phone for God’s glory. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Cor 10:31
I hope you find this post useful!