tech free weekend

I recently spent 48 hours without my smartphone, and yes, it was on purpose. I was going on my annual girl’s weekend in the mountains and felt like it was the perfect opportunity to detach from technology.

More so now than ever, I feel as though my phone is always out or on my person. In one day I probably check my phone at least 50 times, whether it be for calls, emails, text messages, news, or using my favorite apps, whatever the reason – it is always out. I wanted to chance to see what it would be like to not be ruled by what is happening on my iPhone.

I figured this was the perfect opportunity since I would be losing service driving up the mountain. I was mentally prepared to detach from my phone, or so I thought. As soon as we arrived at our cabin, I instantly wanted to check my phone for updates. After that, it seemed easy for the first 12 hours because we were settling in and playing drinking games. I had no reason to need my phone.

Then the next morning rolled around and my anxiety set in. I wanted to do my daily routine and check all my emails and social media outlets for updates, but I couldn’t. I felt myself nervously looking at my phone but there was no point since I knew nothing was going to happen.

I felt like I was going to miss out on the outside world. Was I missing some big news posted on Facebook? Was my family doing okay? Was someone important trying to get a hold of me? Finally I took a breather and let go of all the possibilities going on out there and looked up to see a deer grazing outside my cabin while I was enjoying my morning coffee. I might have missed connecting with nature because I was trying to connect with my phone. 

Later that day we went looking for a hike that lead to a place called Peppermint Falls. We had no maps to lead us there just the directions the ranger told us. After driving around for an hour I was getting really frustrated and pointed out that if I have service on my phone we could just pull up Google maps and find what we were looking for. Eventually we found it and the view from Peppermint Falls was worth the trouble. Since my phone was turned off, I just embraced the beautiful piece of nature in front of me. I was forced to live and revel in the moment rather then worrying about sharing it with the world. 

By the end of the weekend I was not even thinking about my phone. I finally stopped feeling the urge to check it for updates and I have to admit it felt a little freeing not worrying about it anymore. 

Have you ever been with a group of friends and looked around to see that everyone is on their smartphones? When did we stop interacting with each other? I remember a time when cell phones did not feel like a necessity. Technology is great and provides us with so much accessibility but at the same time we need a break from it to enjoy the world and people around us. 

When was the last time you didn’t use your smartphone? I challenge you to turn it off for 24 hours and see what you discover.