A little over a dozen years ago, an experiment was launched. I don’t think anyone called it an experiment, but it turns out to have become one. The smartphone was introduced: The iPhone.
In one way, it was an experiment in human omnipresence. At any moment now, I can check in on just about anyone or anything. The increase in information access does not appear to have been met with an increase in wisdom.
A while back, I decided that my iPhone was a little too omnipresent, so I began with a small change in my habits. In the evening, when it came time to charge my phone, I put it in my downstairs office so that I did not have it at my bedside when I awoke.
At first, I felt a little nervous about not having an alarm, so I bought an inexpensive, plug in clock. I had sometimes read a Kindle book on my iPhone, but began to use my Kindle device instead.
When I rose in the morning, I wasn’t checking email or social media as my first act of the day. Instead, I would rise, make myself a cup of home-roasted coffee, then enjoy some time reading scripture and praying first. I might even engage a work project next before finally picking up my iPhone.
What I learned is that a smartphone is a very powerful servant, but a tyrannical master.
On Monday, our latest Unhurried Living podcast posted: Managing Our Omnipresent Smartphones. In it, I share more about my journey with managing my smartphone use. If you haven’t already listened to it, I think you’d find it helpful.