It is painful to admit, but there are times when my smartphone has controlled my life. In an effort to be transparent about this, I am writing my own laws of cell phone use. Call them commandments, call them laws, call them guidelines, call them what you will — they are designed to remind me that life is short, and the idea of people eulogizing me as one who is always on their smartphone is terrifying.
So here goes:
- I will not check my phone in the morning until I have had coffee and prayers. (Possibly in that order.)
- When I am at dinner, whether said dinner be at a restaurant or at home, I will put my phone away. I will recognize that everyone I need right then is present.
- I will turn my phone off when I am in church. Always.
- I will turn my phone off when I am at a workshop. Always.
- I will leave my phone at my desk when I am going to a meeting, because I don’t trust myself to use it properly at the meeting.
- If I have to message someone in front of you, I will tell you exactly why I have to message them at that moment. I will explain why it can’t wait.
- I will not text while walking. Ever.
- I will not text while driving. Ever. Ever
- I will recognize that the moment is always more important than posting a Facebook picture of the moment. I repeat: Always.
- I will seek to understand that the person who is present is generally a priority over the one who is on the phone. (Except when it’s my mom and my kids.)
- I will realize that the chance of the phone call or text message I receive being an actual emergency is 1 to 100 or 1 to 1000 (or perhaps less) and I will relax.
- I will not be rigid and annoying with these rules (except the ones about driving) with other people, because who am I to judge?
Please be gentle with me as I attempt to abide by them. Remember, Rome was not built in a day, and sanctification is a process.
What are your laws of cell phone use?
3 thoughts on “The Laws of Smartphone Use”
I love this! I went for years without a smartphone and it blows my mind how sucked into them people have gotten. However, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the distractions of the age of communication, I can be the same way about Facebook or checking email. I recently had to come up with my own rules for never scrolling Facebook and only using it to post things and keep in touch with friends, and listening to my audio Bible and making breakfast in the morning first thing instead of getting right on the computer.
My comment on cell phone use is that people should raise more homing pigeons.
Very practical, helpful guidelines! I have had a smartphone less than 1 year, and already feel its pull, trying to take over my life.