Happiness

How Using Your Phone Dulls Your 5 Senses

Today, as I walked out of the office — with my phone in my purse — I heard birds chirping. It was such a pleasant sound after all this cold and cloudiness. And the thought crossed my mind, have those birds been chirping for days and I’m just now noticing? Am I just now noticing how the light breeze feels against my face? 

I walk around with my phone in my hand — multitasking! Gotta check emails! Gotta look at Instagram! Gotta stay up-to-date on Twitter! — and I’m not paying attention to anything else, not noticing what is around me. And I started thinking about how all my five senses are dulled when my phone is in my hand – which is a lot.

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I don’t fully taste my food if I’m scrolling through my phone while sitting down for lunch. 

I don’t see anything around me if I’m focused on the bright screen.

I don’t really feel how soft and warm Maizey is if I’m texting with my right hand while petting her with my left. 

I don’t smell the fresh air when I step out of the house…

I don’t hear birds chirping… 

Honestly, it’s just sad. But I’m working on putting it away and being present, being mindful in each moment. Noticing what is happening around me, noticing and appreciating the little things. 

I’m so glad for the many ways my theme for the year is manifesting, helping me to think about and change so many behaviors, including this one. 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
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    Great point, Teri!
    Sometimes I need to remind myself to put the phone/tablet away too — technology is a double edged sword!

  • Reply
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
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    This is such a good reminder! Some days we need to disconnect and be present in our own lives – or we will miss out on so many things!

  • Reply
    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes
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    I am so guilty of this. I need to remind myself to put technology away more often too!

  • Reply
    Mom
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    You live in such a beautiful place. I’m glad you are taking time to remember to notice. I’m always amazed at the birds there. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Livi
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    So true! My phone can become an extension of my hand sometimes and I don’t spend time actually concentrating on the things!

  • Reply
    Dana
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    So true. The other day I was walking my dog and think I finally just heard some birds chirping. It felt like Spring!

    Happy Friday!

  • Reply
    Purelytwins
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    so true! Gary is always yelling at me to put the phone down 😉 it can be hard, but I am trying to work on it!

  • Reply
    Sam
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    One of my goals this year is to disconnect more because I, too, am overly attached to my iPhone. You’re so right about how disconnected you become from life around you when you are too connected to your device. It’s been a challenge but I feel so much lighter when I just forget about the noise coming from my pocket.

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