Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A New Habit - Switching Off
I have a confession. I'm addicted to my iphone. I love it. It's my connection to the outside world when domesticity becomes too much to bear. It prevents me from being entirely engulfed by boredom and offers me little doses of 'pretty' throughout the day. It allows me to easily photograph what the kids are up to and flick pics to doting grandparents as cute thing ocour.
But it's also a filthy discration. When i'm looking at my phone there is an assortment of VERY important things that i'm NOT looking at.... like the road.
Thats right. I hang my head in shame and confess to texting and driving.
All day long my phone beeps, rings and chimes at me and for some reason I feel a sense of urgency around those alerts. If I get a text, I usually read it strait away and respond pretty soon after. If the phone rings, I answer it regardless of what I'm doing.
Most of the time I keep my phone on silent to try and avoid constant distractions, but i'll be honest- it's never far from my hand and distraction in the form of adult conversation is oooh so delicious.
But in light of the recent 'get your hand off it' campaign I've decided to do just that.
I'm upping the iphone anti and setting myself a new rule. No longer will I rely on the power of my convictions and flimsy self control.
That's right - I'm switching off.
Every time I hop in the car, I'm turning my phone off.
Whatever it is can wait until we unbuckle and hop out. Because really - no phone call, text message or social media update is as important as our safety.
Are you guilty of having the phone in your lap while you drive? Do you check your emails, instagram, facebook, texts and call register when you're stopped at the lights?