Happy Screen-Free Week 2019!
Well, it’s the night before the official start to Screen-Free Week & I thought I’d give a shout-out for what has become an annual tradition for my family… okay, well for me, anyway.
We’re generally a tech-light family, but I still use my phone too much & my son can turn into a zombie with too much tech, so checking in & taking a break is healthy for us.
My eldest is now 10 years old & fully collaborates. Today, we had a discussion about what we could & could not do on our devices this week. Playing music? Yes. Stare at the screen while listening to music (which my son actually does)? No. Texting, unless it’s really important? No. (Note to self: The fact that he said it means I text too much!) Email: Same as texting. Minecraft? No. Sudoku? No. The new Avengers movie?! Yes!! (Were not purists or perfectionists!) Podcasts & grocery lists are gray territory for now.
It’s actually fun to get his input & get him invested in the endeavor. But, seriously, this is more about my tech use than his, which is pretty minimal. And I appreciate that he sees my flaws & helps me become a better person & mom.
Plus, this year I’ve had extra motivation to cut back on my tech use: I dropped my phone & cracked my screen (almost) beyond use. (In fact, my first attempt to use the phone as I’m used to using it resulted in a glass splinter. Fun.)
I once dropped this very same phone in the toilet & that ended up being a wonderful experience (one that I think forever changed my use of tech…). Seriously! My phone sat in a baggie full of rice for a few days. It was completely off limits. And it was great.
So, while I of course cursed when I dropped my phone at the playground (on the concrete, not the spongy play area) & saw the damaged I’d caused, I was actually secretly glad when someone at Apple told me I’d have to send in my phone to get a new screen. Plus, this all happened just before Screen-Free Week & I figured I’d get a head start “detoxing.”
Imagine my disappointment, then, when the woman helping me at the store informed me that the body of the phone was too damaged for a screen replacement & they had a suitable replacement phone available in the store. Ah, well! I’d have an opportunity to practice fortitude in the presence of a shiny new thing.
Which I did, but mostly because I had no case or screen protector & I wasn’t about to make that mistake again!
Signing off for the week & hoping you get some tech-free time, too!