This may sound like a rather easy resolution, but for me, it’s going to be difficult. I tend to find myself fumbling for my phone at any chance I get. If there’s a lull in conversation or I show up early to an event, I grab my phone at the first opportunity.
I scroll through Facebook, check my email or flip through new photos on Instagram. It’s a crutch for awkward situations, and I know I’m not the only one who uses her phone to cope with the awkwardness.
I see it everywhere I go. When out at dinner or shopping, I see people alone, staring at their phones. I always wonder why they don’t just look up and notice what’s happening around them. And then I realize that I do the same thing. I know I do it, and I know how sad it looks to people around me.
I’ve even gone as far as downloading an app to see how often I check my phone. After the embarrassment of seeing how often I tip-tap on my phone, I quickly deleted the app.
It’s not just in awkward situations that I grab for my phone. I’ll be grabbing a bite with my man or out for coffee with a friend, and I’ll instinctively grab my phone to get an Instagram-worthy photo of my dinner or latte.
But this year will be different, I promise. My plan is to leave my phone in my purse when I leave the house. Even if I order the most exquisite entree at dinner or my latte has the perfect amount of whipped cream and cinnamon, I’ll try to resist the urge to snap a pic and post it online.
I know it will take awhile to break old habits, but if I’m determined, I think I can make it. I want to live in the moment rather than watch videos of something I could have witnessed in real life. So often, I see people snapping so many pictures of their significant others and children that I wonder if they ever see each other face to face.
I don’t want to be that person. That’s not to say I’ll stop taking pictures. That will never happen, but I’ll be more selective when I do. I’ll keep my phone hidden when I’m out in public. But if I’m at home and I make the perfect latte, you bet I’ll snap a pic of that.
Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor