I did a thing this morning.
I went in and turned off all notifications on my phone.
It sounds so stupid.
It sounds so trivial.
But I needed it.
Not only will I stop getting pop-up notifications, but that annoying, pesky little bubble that indirectly says, “Click me!” or “Look at me!” or “You’ve got nothing else going on, so let’s just dive into all the feeds” have been turned off too.
I read this article (which, ironically, I found through Instagram) that really shook me up and made me feel like I was draining my brain abilities.
I used to think it wasn’t a big deal when I would spend 20 minutes scrolling through Instagram or Twitter because it wasn’t like I was ignoring anything right in front of me. I’ve tried to be conscious about keeping my phone away when I’m hanging out with friends or having a conversation with someone. So, when I wasn’t doing one or the other, I thought it was OK to just throw myself in. It is, after all, such a great way to stay connected with my friends and family back in California.
But, after reading this article, I knew I needed to do more than set time limits and boundaries. Because it’s more than just the mindless scrolling through multiple feeds. It’s actually this conscious push-and-pull in my mind that sounds a little like,
“Okay, let me check my phone.”
“No, I shouldn’t check my phone.”
“Okay, maybe just one minute.”
“No, no, no, no.”
According to this article, “smart phones can diminish vital mental skills such as learning, logical reasoning, abstract thought, problem solving, and creativity. Just suppressing the desire to check our phone, which we do routinely and subconsciously throughout the day, can debilitate our thinking.”
Our phones have made it so easy to collect information online that our brains are offloading the work of remembering to technology.
Remember when you could memorize all your friends’ phone numbers in elementary school?
Now, not so much.
It took me almost a year to memorize my own husband’s phone number.
My brain is not as sharp as it once was.
Because search engines and smart phone notes are always available to us. So, if I need something, I can just look it up.
Anyway, I got a little spooked this weekend after reading it.
Which is why I’ve been a little silent on the blog and my Facebook page.
I’ll still be around. Obviously. I love writing and I love this space and I love connecting with others.
But it will be on my time.
Questions of the Day:
- How do you keep your brain active and sharp?
- Do you experience brain drain? How do you