What is it?
Modify your cell phone usage.
When can you do it?
While you are enjoying food or drink with other human beings that you have chosen to spend time with because you love them and they make you happy. Think about it, anytime you are looking at your phone, you are doing one of two things: you are looking at something that has already happened (Facebook, text messages, voicemails), or waiting for something that hasn’t even happened yet (to get that return phone call, or text, or to get tagged in a photo). How about the next time we are out to dinner with our loved ones, let’s put our phones away. I know it’s hard, but if you are interested in giving it a try, please keep reading …
How to do it?
Obviously creating seperation anxiety between you and your phone will defeat the purpose of enjoying the moment, so you have to decide which level option below is right for you to start with. Start slow and work your way to Level 3 over time. I promise you can do this.
Level 1: For the truly addicted.
Phone Interaction Level during Social Events = High
Social Event Enjoyment Level = Fair
Ability to be in the Moment Rating = Poor to Fair
Directions to Increase Social Event Enjoyment Level: Remove the cell phone from next to your plate on the table and put it in your lap, put it on vibrate. You can look at your phone 2x per hour and send a maximum of 3 text per hour and one email. I will even let you take one picture and post to Facebook (only one though). When you successfully complete a social interaction at Level 3, please move to Level 2 next time.
Level 2: You start to twitch if I don’t look at my phone at least once an hour.
Phone Interaction Level during Social Events = Moderate to High
Social Event Enjoyment Level = Good
Ability to be in the Moment Rating = Good
Directions to Increase Social Event Enjoyment Level: Leave your phone in your purse or pocket, and only allow a maximum of 1 phone check every hour and one text per hour. No Facebook. When you successfully complete a social interaction at Level 2, please move to Level 1 next time.
Level 3: You’re practically a hippie.
Phone Interaction Level during Social Events = None
Social Event Enjoyment Level = Amazing
Ability to be in the Moment Rating = Congratulations, You’re in it
Directions to Achieve this level of Social Enjoyment: Leave your phone in the car. Yes, this is possible.
Good luck and please let me know how it goes!