A Letter to My iPhone

So, yesterday my hard drive crashed. As in, my computer died. I’m trying really hard not to panic right now because if I think about the fact that I could possibly lose all of my pictures (which I stupidly didn’t back up) I will cry for a month. Everyone cross your fingers that the Geek Squad can find my pictures for me. There were some good ones of itty bitty Harry on there.

Which brings me to my point. Technology. Good? Bad? Today I’m kind of not talking to technology. We’re not having a good day. My baby monitor’s speaker blew out this week too. Technology 2, Mallory 0.

R.Simple Life | A Letter to my iPhone

R.Simple Life | A Letter to my iPhone

R.Simple Life | A Letter to my iPhone

But man, is it useful. I carry around an iPhone. No bigger than my palm, but it puts me in contact with anyone at any time, via voice, video, text, social media, etc. I can access the internet anywhere with a signal (which seems to be everywhere by my house). I can watch movies, listen to music, even play games with people who aren’t around. The camera on my phone is better than my first digital camera, and I put that baby through the ringer. I really do love my phone.

But I also hate it. Anyone, at anytime can try to get ahold of me. And then get mad when I don’t answer. I can access the internet anywhere, making it too easy to google something instead of dreaming and trying to figure out the answer myself. I can tune out, watching movies, listening to music, playing games with people – while ignoring the people around me. It’s a double edged sword this phone, and we have to be careful of it.

With the current state of things in my home, I’ve been more and more aware of my (and others) phone use. I am really trying to be present, and turn off my phone. Put it away. But as I’m doing so, I’m realizing there is a little something tugging at my fingers – and it goes by the name of addiction. I am always looking for my phone, making sure I’m never far from it. Even when I don’t need it, I feel like it should be next to me. I always feel like I could be doing something on my phone. And I’m sick of it.

So I’m leaving it behind more and more. Bringing the real camera, being okay with the fact that people might text me and I won’t text back, possibly for hours. It’s good for my health. It’s great for my relationships.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone. I love that Harry can SEE his Papa when he’s half way around the world. But it’s no longer a pivotal player in my daily life. So there. Anyone else want to join me in shutting down a little more often? Maybe you’ll open your eyes and see a gorgeous beach with a cute baby and a handsome husband. Who knows what you’ll see.

xoxo, Mallory

6 thoughts on “A Letter to My iPhone

  1. Katie

    I’ve been working on the same thing (as I’m browsing fb while mollie plays in the other room :/… But I’m feeling proud since I didn’t pick up my phone from the charger until 915. I obviously have some work ahead of me!). But the addiction you described is exactly the battle I experience everyday. It’s really sad and I know this is a struggle for so many. Thanks for sharing friend! I think I’ll be putting down my phone now!

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  2. jillian

    Count me in! I absolutely love getting away from my phone and being 100% present in the moment with my sweet husband and puppy. I feel so free when I take a walk with Dan and Scout and leave my phone behind. Just knowing nothing will interrupt my time makes it so sweet. And while I agree that having this phone is wonderful for staying in touch with my friends and family far away, sometimes it can also make me feel far away from those next to me. So, where do I sign up for this pledge to shut down a little more often? Because I’m in! 🙂

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  3. Wendy

    Oh yes!

    We have mandatory no electronics time often! Susanna is an outdoors baby, so we spend as much time out and about as possible which helps greatly (even in the PNW rain).

    However, with Scott’s writing there’s always an electronic device at his side. If not, however could he tell the wonderful stories that he shares with the world? In that regard, I respect his need and he understands that sometimes we just need to “shut down” for a bit.

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  4. Lindsey

    #1, great photos. #2, I am so with you and an iphone addiction. It is terrible. I hate it. I have been trying to do the same and you know what I realized, I don’t really miss that much. An email from Pinterest or something else delete worthy but you know what I gain, a few more sweet smiles from Eloise. I just need to keep reminding myself of that when I frantically search for my phone tomorrow morning. 😉

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  5. Laura Ryan

    I have been struggling with the same thing. I have become far too reliant on my phone, computer, and as a result, social media. It’s my instant go-to. And yes, such a distraction. With less and less quality time available to spend with my husband (thank you, Air Force) it’s even more important to put it away. So, count me in. I have been battling for two weeks to shut down social media and all technology, other than the special ring tone for my other half while he is gone. That, I have to hear.

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  6. Melissa Bilodeau (@yourstruly_blog)

    I’ve been trying my hardest to do this more often too! I set my phone aside this past weekend and it was SO refreshing. I literally didn’t have to charge it for 3 days and it still had battery because I wasn’t using it! I don’t remember the last time that happened but it should definitely happen way more often!

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