It was a beautiful day yesterday on Mt. Hood.
I was sitting on the chair lift, enjoying the the view of the snow covered mountain in front of me when I suddenly felt the urge to check my email!
So I reached into my coat pocket, unlocked my phone and clicked the little email icon.
Nothing interesting came in so I switched the song on my soundtrack and put it away.
That wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the fact that I checked my email at least 6–7 more times during the six hours I was snowboarding.
Sure, I had “good reasons” why I needed to. I sent two important emails out that morning to prospects who were considering hiring me on a monthly retainer. And I was curious if they responded.
Eventually one of them did. But after I read his email I realized there was no reason why I couldn’t wait until the next day to reply.
So really, I would have been just fine if I would have left my smartphone in the car and not checked it the whole time.
But instead I gave into my smartphone addiction again, refusing to unplug entirely.
And it’s sad because the mountain used to be a sacred place for me.
It was a special place I could escape to and leave the cares and concerns of work behind. I used to feel lighter on the mountain and enjoy the silence of the snow covered hills. I felt like the mountain was a place where I could clear my head and just breathe.
Now I take my work with me. My sacred place has been violated by this stupid little device I carry around in my pocket!
It’s crazy really. And I don’t like it. I still had a good time yesterday but I never felt like I was really able to relax. My mind never got the chance to really recharge.
Being aware of this behavior makes me want to take a sledgehammer to my phone. I feel like this stupid device does not make me smart, it makes me stressed.
So yes, I’m considering ditching my smartphone for an old school flip phone.
I told my wife about this before and she thinks I’m crazy.
She always brings up a good point about needing to use Google Maps, which I do use a lot since I don’t have the best sense of direction.
But the more I think about it the more I want to break my smartphone addiction.
It’s just too much. I feel less human and less alive when my face is constantly stuck in this little screen for 3–4 hours a day.
I have to think about this some more before I decide what to do. But I know I don’t want to continue down this path.
Life is too short to spend 20+ hours a week on a smartphone. And if that means I have to carry a map around with me in the car, then so be it!