I recently Instagrammed a quote from an article about disconnecting. (Ironic, no?)
Along with the image, I commented that Kyle and I made an agreement with each other that we would spend less time on our phones when we are with each other.
So far, so good.
Except the other night when we were watching a DVRed episode of How I Met Your Mother and he commented at how much my phone was buzzing.
It really was kind of annoying. I didn’t even have the nagging urge to check what the notification was for, but the fact that – even though my phone was on vibrate – you could still hear the InterWebWorld calling my name kind of defeated the point of ‘disconnecting.’
Text messages are really what we have phones for now a days, right? Oh, some people use it to make calls too. I’m actually starting to lean more towards the phone call than the text. Does that make me old?
In any case, you are more likely to check your Facebook 50 times a day if you get a notification for every like, comment, photo add, etc. I don’t get notifications from ANY social media. Instagram used to be the worst for me, since that seems to be the social media platform which generates the most ‘likes.’
I promise, you won’t miss out if you only check social media at certain points in the day when you allow yourself to. Nothing is going away, except for those ‘oopsy’ pictures posted about celebrities with no make-up. But honestly that stuff always goes viral anyway.
The ONLY apps I get notifications for are iMessages, Fitbit (because it’s silent), IMO messaging (also silent, and it disappears once I unlock my phone) and Groupon (because I’ve tried to turn it off and it won’t go away.)
Change Your E-mail Push/Fetch Settings
This will not only help your battery, but your desire to see what that little red notification has in store for you. Is it an e-mail from your Mom? A discount at Kohl’s? Spammer asking if you want to work at their insurance company?
Checking your e-mail only a few times a day will help disconnect you from your phone. If you get work e-mail to your phone, do you have to check it after hours? Think about it.
I recently set all my e-mail accounts to only fetch mail once an hour. To do this on your iPhone, go to Setting > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, > Fetch New Data. Check that individual accounts are set to ‘fetch’, and scroll down to set how often it will fetch mail for you.
I couldn’t find a good tutorial for an Android, but I imagine it’s done in a similar fashion.
Take Advantage of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Setting
As far as I now, this is an iPhone only setting.
So, you crawl in bed around 9:30 PM. Ready to relax and maybe fall asleep to some Netflix. *Buzz buzz buzz*
Knocks you right out of relaxation, doesn’t it? And now you want to stare into the endless abyss of the iPhone instead of sleeping.
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ setting only allows calls from people in your favorites list. You can also customize it to choose what time you want it to turn on and off. Mine right now is set from 9 PM to 6 AM.
Are you trying to divorce your phone? What tricks do you use to unglue it from your hand?