My Smartphone – My Favourite Double Edged Sword

If I had to choose, I would rather lose my wallet than my phone. It’s an absolute no brainer. Sure, my wallet might have a $20 note and an array of cards but these are basically replaceable – whereas the pictures, contacts and notes on my phones aren’t!

In 2014, the Bank of America published a report entitled Trends in Consumer Mobility that showed that almost 1 in 2 US consumers admitted they wouldn’t last a day without their smartphones and that many consider their devices more important than daily staples such as coffee and television. Just in case you had any doubt, a whopping 91% said that their mobile phone is very important, in fact just as important as their car and their trusty bottle of deodorant! So I am clearly not alone!

I honestly don’t think I would get through my crazy overloaded life without my phone nor would our family be able to function! Not only do I use it for my job but to liaise with my boys’ schools, their music tutors, to create and manage shopping lists, to stay on top of their sporting events, to order vitamins and books online, to research and book tradespeople, to create and manage my to do lists, to take notes from meetings and appointments, to organise and liaise with doctors and health professionals, and the list goes on.

However, is our phone usage (all in the name of family organisation & domestic productivity) actually a false saving? Is our distractedness actually diluting the quality of the family life we are spending so much time and energy creating?

Perhaps we should ask our children. Whilst the vast majority of our kids have fully embraced the digital world, I wonder how many of them wished that their parents hadn’t. I wonder how many really wished that their parents would just turn off their devices and give them 100% of their attention.

While the vast bulk of my ‘phone work’ takes place when my kids are at school, while sitting beside the sporting fields or waiting at doctor’s surgeries, I am guilty of letting it sneak into my time with my kids. I am not a perfect parent, instead a very real one who feels like she is juggling far too many balls!

So, yes I will try to avoid being distracted on my phone, to avoid answering calls that aren’t urgent and to give my kids 100% of my attention when I am with them. But I just wonder if they will return the favour and give me 100% of their attention? Or is that just wishful thinking?

Till next time,

Alex xx

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