In the modern world, it has become very difficult to live without a smartphone. Those born before the 90s still remember this amazing time, and modern young people no longer imagine leaving the house without a “source of oxygen”, they are so carried away by the Internet that they do not even understand whether they live in the real world, imagining a better life or in an imaginary trying to find reality.
And there can be no condemnation, because we live in a society where technology has practically taken over our lives.
A month without a smartphone
In the period from 2014 to 2015, I had the experience of life without the Internet, mobile communication was practically absent, so carrying a smartphone with me was useless.
1st week is the worst. Your smartphone will be sorely missed. Every time you put your hands in empty pockets, you will have short panic attacks – it’s like a sickle to the heart. Attempts to develop the habit of not being distracted by the smartphone in different situations will be in vain.
2nd week – new habits. You will begin to study or observe each individual object/scene/people/behavior that changes your consciousness. A new life begins without a smartphone and Internet access, but memories are still present in my head.
3rd week – new life. The smartphone completely disappears from life, there is not even a subconscious desire to go online. Now you are completely focused on your life goal / career / family and reveal amazing qualities:
- The ability to work continuously throughout the day (if the work is not connected to the Internet), since the habit of being distracted by social media has been lost. networks and other useless entertainment.
- Get closer to your family and loyal friends, because now you are free from the virtual world. This is called real life.
- You start to think more about your future and present. You start working on yourself, on every detail, more productive day by day.
- Since there are no distractions, you become very disciplined. You become more visible in society because of your addiction to what you love.
- You start reading and you’ll be surprised how fun books can be when you’re not bothered by notifications.
What did I learn from my experience of life without the Internet?
Today it is very difficult for any person to give up the Internet, since the older generation has become addicted to the smartphone, and the youth have no idea what it is like.
But I can say with confidence that such an experience is very useful and must be present in the life of every person. It’s like a vacation: a break from the bustle of the city adds strength and energy, and giving up the Internet can contribute to productivity and new experiences. After all, every time we face an awkward moment or a difficult situation, we resort to using our smartphones and postpone our duties for another time. If we put the phone aside for a while and go about our business every day, we can achieve much more.
Naturally, it will not be possible to completely abandon the Internet, and it is not worth it, one way or another we are forced to use it for communication, work or for solving any problems. You just need to know when to stop and use the Internet wisely, for example, I left most of the social networks, left only the messenger for communication.
Try to stop using your smartphone for one month at least once a year. Or, next time, go on vacation away from civilization, where there is no connection with the outside world and you will learn to appreciate real-life during your vacation and after returning home you will reconsider your attitude to the time you spend absorbing hundreds of gigabytes of useless information.