And you can too.
If you read my post last week about my intended Sunday away from my phone, you may have noticed that I was successful. It was surprisingly easy to cope with, however, I wouldn’t do it again. At least not to such an extreme.
As a quick reminder, my plan was to switch off both WiFi and mobile data for the entire day. Sounds quite extreme, but it was the quickest way to get to where I wanted.
So, 7am Sunday morning, both of those went off. My Pixel 3 smartphone became a dumb phone. Then off I went to Netflix for a bit before my son got up. Every 15 minutes I got an itch that I should pick up my phone and check it, in case of notifications. However, every single time, I reminded myself that without data being on, I couldn’t possibly have any notifications. And if someone had text me or called me and it was urgent, then they would repeatedly attempt to make contact and is also hear my phone as it wasn’t on silent.
Then, within a couple of hours, I’d actually forgotten all about my phone even existing. I engaged with my 4 year old fully, for hours. I think he noticed that my phone wasn’t about and that I wasn’t sneaking off so was happy to engage with me more.
By 2pm I hadn’t picked up my phone. We then decided to go to the zoo. You may have seen some of my pictures that I took while there in my stories, but they were posted the following day and just because my phone wasn’t connected to the big old internet, didn’t mean it’s camera wouldn’t work. Interestingly, it did still track that we were at the zoo and was useful for step counting.
We got home, and all of a sudden, my phone started buzzing and beeping away with notifications. It had automatically connected to the known home WiFi. Despite me having left WiFi off. Something to be weary of of you ever try this.
This, however, is when something interesting happened. I swept away all of the notifications, switched off WiFi again, put the phone out of sight and went back to playing with my son. All without a second thought.
So as you can see, for me, it was surprisingly easy and a nice break from the constant barrage of things fighting for attention from the internet and also allowed me a lot more quality time with my son.
As I said at the beginning though, I don’t think I’ll go to such an extreme next time. In fact, it’ll be interesting to see this weekend whether, knowing I have data switched on, I can deal with not checking my phone regularly quite so easily. Maybe that’s my next experiment?
What do you think? Would you be willing to try a #shutdownsunday?
Let me know in the comments below.