With 2015 finally here now and me desperately trying to take some time off during this past holiday season and then being sick, too, I can tell you now more then ever that I am more then slightly and sadly addicted to my iPhone.
Yet, I am truly going to try my best this year (not a bit resolution person, but still want to try to do better with this) to curb my smartphone addiction just a bit if I can (as the time off this past week has made me realize that I need to unplug more often). I am known to whip out my iPhone where ever I am, even at the dinner table sadly. So, I truly need to put down the iPhone more often then not for blogging, as well as in life in general more now and not just on a major holiday.
However, recently another writer sent me an info-graphic she created all about Smartphone Addiction and since I can as I said relate and agreed to have her demonstrate a bit about the smartphone addictions and her info-graphic, too here today.
Since I am not big on New Year’s resolutions, but do like the one word notions to describe the year ahead, I am more then happy to share that I am choosing ‘Unplugging’ more often after seeing how much it did make a difference during this past holiday season in my house.
But now I turn my blog today over to Amy Williams…
Let’s face it: if you’re a mom like me, then you are addicted to your smartphone. With smartphones making up almost 2 billion of all cell phones in the world, you can be that every mom of little kids has one if at all possible. The smartphone, like that glass of wine poured after everyone is finally in bed, can rightfully be called “Mommy’s Little Helper.”
The Phone Saves Moms From Candyland
Candyland – and its cousin, Chutes and Ladders – are part of a conspiracy to drive mothers insane. Attracted by bright colors and incessant references to candy, every kid from birth to 6 years of age wants to play Candyland, while every mom agrees to play while trying not to tear her hair out from the sheer monotony of the game, broken only by needing to feed and diaper said children involved in the game.
Sometimes the kids can be distracted by the bright colors on the smartphone with one of those free preschool games beginning to appear in greater frequency, and I can close my eyes safely for 5 minutes while they play quietly beside me. Or, if your kids are like mine, they move on from Candyland in about three minutes after beginning to play it. But they come back to it two minutes after that, so I can catch about two minutes of smartphone time for a little sanity break in between chasing the kids down.
The Phone Keeps Us On The Move
No mom has time to sit down and look at the phone, except when she goes to the bathroom. As this is the only two or three moments alone from the kids and pets during the course of the day, the phone is definitely going with me.
The reason that the toilet is sometimes referred to as a “throne” is due to how the bathroom becomes the most sacred of spaces while the kids are little. First, there is a lock on the door. Second, the lock is one that is difficult for the kids to manipulate, making it almost impossible for said children to lock themselves in while I’m cooking dinner. And third, should one or more children lock themselves in, I can pick the lock and get them out in under 30 seconds.
Am I using the phone while I’m in the bathroom? Absolutely. For those few moments between when the kids realize that I am on the throne and come crashing into the door, “Mommy’s Little Helper” catches me up on the latest news and Facebook photos.
Turn My Kid into Bacon
And nothing can replace being able to snap those up-to-the-minute photos of the kids to post on various social media sites. Although my friends without kids have told me that they have installed apps that transform photos of children into strips of bacon because they get tired of all the kid pics. That’s fine, at least I have the memories on “Mommy’s Little Helper,” as the practice of growing humans inside of my body and then raising them has stolen all of my abilities to remember anything in the future.
If you’re a mom like me, there are really good reasons why we are addicted to smartphones. This isn’t to say we don’t make room for phone-free family time in my family–just that, above all else, striking a balance is key. The infographic provides more information on just how much we love “Mommy’s Little Helper.”
What do you think of the infographic?
Can you relate and are you addicted to your smartphone, too?
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions, yet?