I Took A Walk Without My Phone – Here’s What Happened [Daily Game]
One recent morning, I found myself in a position that I wasn’t happy about. I was on my phone, scrolling through apps, trying to find something to do or to check. There was nothing. I realized I was developing a smartphone addiction. Though I don’t see myself becoming one of those people who walks the streets head-down and oblivious to the people they’re passing, idle phone-checking is the most potent gateway drug to that affliction. I needed a cleanse, and I needed it now.
So I took my morning walk sans phone. Here’s what occurred to me.
- Though I always walk the streets head-up and looking at the people I pass, doing so on this day took on more meaning in that there wasn’t anything else to look at. I didn’t have a phone to distract me from noticing all the details of a person. People just seemed more human this morning.
- I felt lighter on my feet, free of the 6.14 oz weight of the iPhone X, and then there’s something happening online that I can notice! mental weight of constant “connection.”
- I had 3-4 ideas come to me that I lost, as I had nothing with which to write them down. I don’t know if I am even still capable of writing with a pen a paper anymore.
- I noticed a lot more — people, more details of buildings, more sounds, more colors.
- The walk went by faster, probably because, without a phone, I couldn’t stop and Instagram Story anything I saw.
- I don’t feel I’m as phone-addicted as some people I’ve seen, so I was not traumatized nor suffering from withdrawals from not having electronics close by.
I haven’t done the phoneless walk again since that day, but I will. Maybe I’ll try some other things, too, like phoneless workouts, phoneless meals, and phoneless driving.
One step at a time.
For Your Game
- Going device-less for a short time, like during a walk around the neighborhood, is not nearly as hard as it seems on paper. Try it, and prove to yourself that you own the smartphone, not the other way around.
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