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10 Easy Tips for Hiding Your iPhone & Facebook Obsession Around the Kids

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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10 Easy Tips for Hiding Your iPhone & Facebook Obsession Around the Kids

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

phoneI have a love/hate relationship with my phone, social media, and any and all technology. On the one hand, it's super convenient and makes my life really easy. On the other, it makes my life incredibly annoying and takes away from my "living in the moment." I can't stand when I hear an email or text message ding on my iPhone when I'm hanging out with my daughter. It's really hard to ignore. What if it's work? What if someone I know is in trouble?

For the past few weeks, I've been trying ease up on any and all technology in my life. Or at least have a healthier relationship with it and a clearer divide. The whole blending of work/family/socializing into one big mess? It's not a good look for me.

Here are 10 ways you can minimize your obsession with your phone, social media, computer, whatever. You owe it to yourself and your family.

1. Designate times for technology. Instead of casually checking your phone and email all day, tell yourself at 6 p.m., you're going to stop. And stop.

2. Leave your phone in the car when you go out. Let a family member know where you're going to be, and just leave the phone in the car and concentrate on whatever you should be concentrating on when you're out. It might prove to be slightly inconvenient, but the feeling of not having a phone on you is glorious.

3. Put your phone on "Do Not Disturb" an hour or so before bed. If you have an iPhone, the Do Not Disturb setting makes it so your alarm will go off, but no other noises. No text dings, no phone rings, no nothing.

4. Turn your ringer off when you're with the kids.

5. Don't get so caught up in taking photos with your phone and/or posting them to Facebook or Instagram. It totally takes you out of the moment, and isn't an actual memory better than a photo?

6. Quit Facebook and all forms of social media. You can do it. Trust me.

7. Post this Simone Weil quote someone in your house, and read it when you want to check your phone around your kids: "Attention is the purest form of generosity."

8. Get rid of your phone and just have a land line. For most of us, this isn't really an option, but for those of you who can do it, do it!

9. Get a desktop computer instead of a laptop. It's much, much easier to be on a computer when said computer is compact. If you have to go to a certain room to log on, you'll be on a lot less.

10. Get a teeny-tiny data plan for your phone. If you have to pay every time you send a text or use that 3G goodness, you'll cut down. 

Are you on your phone a lot?

by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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Dinimon
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM
I do most of my "part time" work from my phone while I'm at my actual work. I don't sit around on my phone all day though.
KylesMom409
by Linnette on Jul. 17, 2013 at 6:52 AM
I'm mostly on my phone early in the morning (like right now LOL) and during my lunch break at work.
Sister_Someone
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:08 AM

It would be a cold, cold day in hell if I quit my phone.

I'm all for actual personal interaction instead of having our noses stuck in our phonesvall day, but some of these tips are actually slightly dangerous. Leave your phone in the car? Seriously? And if something happens and you need to dial 911? If you get in trouble and need to ring someone for help? Would you want your family to go crazy panicking about you not coming home at the time you said you would, when all that actually happened is that you're standing in a really long checkout line and can't inform them of the change in plans because it wouldn't be convenient to run back to your car for the phone?

Others just aren't applicable for me personally (I keep a lot of my work on my computer, so it would be a major inconvenience if I couldn't work from wherever I'm comfortable, and I can't not hear my phone ringing because I'm coordinating a huge project so I'm the first person they call if there is any sort of trouble), but if it works for someone else, go ahead.

LadyBast
by Brenda on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

I do not have an IPhone I hate them..

And I will not put FB on my phone EVER! I think that is crazy and just stupid this is my opinion but I hate it!

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jul. 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM

I really don't do much on my phone other than make calls. And I'm far from obsessed with FB. 


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