Why I’m giving up my smartphone

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It’s not you, smartphone. It’s me. I’m giving you up.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of being tethered to you. I’m tired of being glued to your screen, checking my email, my Facebook newsfeed, my Twitter feed, my Instagram feed… I’m tired of being distracted by you all the time.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of being available 24/7. I’m tired of feeling like I need to respond to every email, every text, every phone call immediately. I’m tired of being on call all the time.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you eating up my time. I’m tired of spending hours upon hours scrolling through my newsfeeds, looking at pictures, reading articles, watching videos… I’m tired of wasting time that I could be using to do something productive.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you making me lazy. I’m tired of not being able to do simple things like remember people’s birthdays or directions because I rely on you too much. I’m tired of not being able to have a conversation without you there to entertain me.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you making me anxious. I’m tired of always being contactable, of always being reachable. I’m tired of the constant notifications, of the constant ping of emails and texts and social media updates. I’m tired of feeling like I need to be available all the time.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you being an unnecessary expense. I’m tired of spending money on you every month, on your data plan, on your apps, on your in-app purchases. I’m tired of forking out money for a new phone every two years because you get outdated so quickly.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you being a source of conflict. I’m tired of arguing with my partner about how much time I’m spending on you. I’m tired of fighting with my friends about who’s going to check their phone first. I’m tired of you coming between me and the people I care about.

I’m giving up my smartphone because I’m tired of you. I’m tired of your constant demands, of your constant presence. I’m tired of always being connected, always being online. I’m tired of being a slave to you.

I’m giving you up, smartphone. It’s not you, it’s me.

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