Wireless Wonderland: Managing Phone Use to Stay Present


Wireless Wonderland
Alice, referring to her experiences in Wonderland, in  Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Also: me, every time I fall down the internet rabbit hole.  

 

Do ever feel as if you're in a different world when you're on your phone? Do you ever feel as if you've somehow fallen into it, like you've gotten sucked into the alternate reality of what's happening on the screen? 


Recently while watching Disney's Alice in Wonderland, it occurred to me how fascinating — and accurate — it is when people use the term "internet rabbit hole." How often have you gone on your phone to search for something and looked up from the screen a while later, surprised at how much time had passed since you'd unlocked the screen? How often have you said to yourself, "I'll just look at [Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / etc.] for a sec," and then found yourself in a lengthy cycle of app-checking? If you've ever experienced these, you're certainly not alone. Most people with a smartphone have probably had these experiences. 

 

Wondering where you stand in terms of phone addiction/use? Here's a Smartphone Compulsion Test to check out. (I scored 14/15.)

 

One study found that 89% of Americans check their smartphones “at least a few times a day," and 36% admit they’re “constantly checking and using” their phones. For those ages 18-24, that number is closer 50%. Even if you're not in the "constantly checking" group, all you have to do is look around to see that a lot of people are. This is not news, of course; many Americans (and others) are attached to their phones, some of us quite literally addicted. And it's no wonder! These devices provide us with some of the best aspects of life: connection to others, information and up-t0-the-minute news, entertainment and games, external validation, and so much more. It makes sense that we're drawn to such incredible devices. But when they become the focus of our lives, when we spend so much time in them that it's almost as if we're living parallel lives in real life and online, we have to step back and consider what this means for who we are (and who we want to be). 

 

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26 Things to Be Thankful For (+ FREE Download!)



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Every year, I host the Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram in November, and it's such a fantastic experience every time because it helps me (and anyone else who participates!) to shift my focus to gratitude. This year (for the first time ever!) I've consistently maintained a gratitude journal. I know that's not for everyone (and might even sound a teeeeny bit cliche), but it honestly helps me stay more positive, present, and self-loving.

In particular, on bad days, I've found that the few moments I spend writing in my gratitude journal instantly give me a new perspective and perk me up. (I've been using my Every Day Matters diary as a gratitude journal, and it works sooo well as one. The 2018 version just went on sale in desk and pocket sizes — more to come on those soon, but here's a peek on Instagram!)

Since I know gratitude journaling isn't for everyone, I decided to make a little printable, The ABCs of Gratitude, that might give people who aren't into journaling a quick way to focus on gratitude. I've also made my version (shown above) as a downloadable PDF, too, so if you're on board with my list you can print it out and hang it up as a reminder to focus on gratitude! 

 

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Download Blank Version (PDF) 

 

ThankfulABCs Download Dani's Version (PDF)


If you download and fill it out, I'd love to see it! Share it with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest

(Side note: This little project started just as me playing around with different lettering styles on my iPad, and somehow turned into this! So I hope that it not only inspires you to focus on gratitude, but also to be open to letting things just come about, even if they go in a completely different direction than what you were anticipating! If you're interested in lettering, check out my iPad Lettering with Dani videos!) 

 

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