Insanity of Motherhood

Motherhood, marriage, and midlife.



A while ago, I read an article from another mom blogger.  I cannot find the article anywhere, so I am sorry not to make reference to it.  Anyway, she mentioned she had plans for the summer.  Her children are out of school and she wanted to make sure her time with them would be high quality.

She wrote how her smart phone was a constant distraction.  Her plan for the summer would be to turn off all the phone features, other than texting and dialing.  The goal was to stay focused on her children, not her smart phone, all summer.

The mom blogger’s goal was impressive.  Removing all fabulous phone features and using the phone just for a phone.

I have a smart phone,  Robot Girl (Droid phone).  At times, she takes over my life.  My family has scolded me for paying too much attention to her.  Robot Girl and I have a love/hate thing going on.  I love her.  I hate her.

Robot Girl allows access to my two email accounts (personal and professional), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, and Pinterest.   All day long she informs me if someone is sending me a message.  She is very distracting.  So much so, that a while ago I turned off all her sounds so she would be quiet.  Her constant beeping was making me nuts.  Now she is silent, but flashes her lights all day long.

When Robot Girl flashes, I cannot stop myself to see who is sending a message.  I hate to think I am addicted to all the feedback Robot Girl provides, but I’ll admit the thought of turning off all her cool features, makes me nervous.  Not being able to check my blog stats, Facebook comments or read new emails would be VERY difficult.  I mean, what would I do with all my extra time?

What if I were to turn off all my Robot phone features and use her only as a phone for a while?  What if I limited my internet access to one time a day, say in the morning?   During morning time I would check emails, write a blog, log into Facebook and surf the web.  However, during the day I would spend with the boys, work in the garden or whatever.  Could I do this?  Hmm…

I am starting to sweat.  I would miss the stuff Robot Girl does.  A smart phone is a useful tool for those who crave attention (feedback) or get bored easily.  If I use only the phone features, I would have to ‘grow up’ and to rely on my self-esteem, not the feedback of others.  Growing up is not my favorite thing to do.

So, I have been thinking.  I think removing phone features, would be a good thing for me to TRY, during the first part of the summer.  Who knows?  Maybe I won’t miss a thing and my quality of life will improve dramatically.

One thing for sure, if I do decide to alter Robot Girl, I will need to buy a lot more deodorant.

English: Motorola MILESTONE smartphone display...

Author: insanityofmotherhood

Mom of three boys, wife, educator, and all around nice gal in the middle of a midlife something. It's not a crisis, but it's something…

4 thoughts on “Thinking

  1. I got my smart phone 1 year ago. I wasn’t sure I even wanted it. I would “NEVER” be addicted to all that stuff.. SURPRISE!
    It’s wonderful and absolutely AWFUL.

  2. awful and so much fun, no?

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