Phil: Katelyn…what are you doing?
Me: Nothing [while I quickly switch to the alarm screen on my iPhone]
Phil: Were you looking at Facebook?
Phil: I hope not, because you should be going to bed.
Me: [feeling guilty]
I was checking Facebook and had been for the last 30 minutes when I should have been enjoying some much-needed sleep. But I just. can’t. help myself! And who is Phil to tell me I can’t check it if I want to? Well, he is technically only doing his job, because what you don’t know is that I complain a lot about being tired and needing to get more sleep, but for some reason my willpower is non-existent when it comes to shutting down and going to bed. So I’ve asked Phil to help remind me and what I’ve learned is that 9 times out of 10 I am doing something silly, like checking Facebook!
It’s not just at bedtime that you can find me wasting time on my phone. I do it while I’m a passenger in the car, while I’m sitting on the couch watching a movie or even when I’m “keeping Phil company” as he cooks. All this wasted time when I could be in the moment, I’m instead spending it in the Facebook moment! I know that it’s not just Facebook that distracts me. There are plenty of other apps, but Facebook seems to be the worst for me.
A few months ago, Danielle at “Breakfast at Toast” deleted the Facebook app from her phone with a promise to live more in the moment. If something was important enough to share, she would do it later, at her computer so as not to take away from the moment. Social media apps on phones are convenient when we’re on the go, but they also prevent us from really engaging with people, doing things that we care about and they’re just a distraction in general. I don’t always give up something for lent, and technically I don’t have to since I’m not Catholic, but this year, I’m giving up Facebook on my phone. That’s 40 days of only logging on from an actual computer, when I intentionally sit down to do just that. No more checking just to check because it’s convenient. Now I will check with a purpose. (Plus it’s more work to open up the laptop, so I’m hoping I do it less!)
Do you think you could remove a social media app from your phone? Which one distracts you the most? Are you making any changes this lenten season?