A modern day addiction

A week without my security blanket.. my iPhone

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When Mr. Pitkin pitched the idea of giving up an ad- diction for a period of time, I looked at him curiously.

I wasn’t addicted to anything that would really have an effect on me, was I?

Then he challenged me to go one week without my phone.

I could go a week without my phone easily. Mr. Pitkin had nothin on me. But shortly after I agreed, I regretted my deci- sion because I realized I was, in fact, addicted to my phone.

Most teens would not admit right at first that they are addicted to their phones, but the majority are. Before this week without my phone, I didn’t realize how many things I used my phone for.

Although there are alternatives for almost everything done with a cell phone, it’s not as convenient.

I walked into Mr.Pitkin’s room Thursday morning cherishing my last few minutes with my phone. and as I handed it over I shed a couple tears.

Without my phone, my “normal” day was thrown off. I had to change things I normally do on a daily basis. I use my phone for much more than just texting and social media.
I also use it for an alarm clock, calculator, camera, email, and most of all, a time filler.

The first day lasted forever. I had nothing to fill my time and it made me realize how much
I use my phone to get out of certain social situations.

For example, any second of free time in class I grab my phone and either reply to texts or scroll through Instagram.

Instead, I could have face to face conversations with the people sitting next to me or work on homework, but I would only do that if I were smart with my time.

I know the majority of teens do the same exact thing be- cause during that free time I’d look around to talk to someone just to see everybody on their phones.

The whole week I had no concept of time. I rely heavily on my phone for time because I don’t wear a watch and the clock in my car still hasn’t changed since daylight savings. This caused me to feel very anxious at first.

The more I got used to it, the more freedom I felt because I didn’t feel like I was in rush or timing myself to do things or get places. This freedom would’ve felt much better if I didn’t have things going on all the time.

After the first few days I was very irritated and wanted my phone back. My phone is, as silly as it sounds, a comfort to me.

I had enough of the phone detox and wanted to just catch up on all of the lives of the people I don’t really know but follow on Instagram anyways.

Not having a phone was not only inconvenient for me, but also my friends and family. They had no way to get ahold of me so all plans had to be

made in person and we were SOL if something had changed.

My mom found this week the most inconvenient and was more upset that I was giving my phone up than I was. For her it wasn’t that she wanted
to text me all the time, but she worried about me having an emergency and not being able to call. Luckily, no emergencies.

I found myself thinking a lot more than usual because my mind wasn’t constantly stimulated by my phone.

I liked having time to actually relax. I know iPhones can be set to have scheduled down- time but that takes self-control that I don’t have.

Many people asked me why I would ever give up my phone and I asked myself the same question numerous times.

At the end of the week I really enjoyed not having my phone even with the inconveniences it created.

Even though I did enjoy it, I will say I would never give up my phone for good.

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