9 Reasons To Turn Your Phone Off This Weekend

9 Reasons To Turn Your Phone Off This Weekend ©iStock/MilosStankovic

How many hours do you think you can make it without touching your phone? It seems like we’re pretty much glued to those glowing screens these days, and while technology is an important part of modern life, we’re truly losing touch of what’s important and growing dependent on it to the point where we don’t know what to do without it. I challenge you to turn your phone off this weekend. Here’s why:

  1. You’ll notice so much more. When your eyes aren’t glued to your phone, you’ll see way more of the world around you, like that very cute guy who just walked by you that you missed because you were too busy FB stalking.
  2. You’ll find hours you never knew you had before. We don’t realize just how much of our lives is spent on our phones. We text endlessly, check email and FB, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, Tinder, IG, OKCupid, and on and on.. I bet if you actually counted all of that time up, it would be hours… and those hours could be way better spent on something else.
  3. You’ll be forced to get to know yourself again. Even when we’re alone, we’re never really alone, thanks to our phones. Because of this, we never spend any time actually reflecting on ourselves and our lives. Keeping your phone off will force you to be alone with your thoughts in the quiet moments, which could lead to some serious self-discovery.
  4. You’ll be amazed at how your FOMO just vanishes. Our phones are like a gateway drug to social media platforms, most of which give us all a serious case of FOMO. We want that new lipstick, or her abs, or their lives… Enough! Turning your phone off will shield you from this garbage and will remind you how good you already have it.
  5. You’ll meet new people instead of ignoring them. Our phones make us really rude. Instead of acknowledging other people while we wait in line at the grocery store, we troll Tinder. Instead of making eye contact with that gorgeous guy at the coffee shop, we watch YouTube. I bet you’ll be really satisfied with your new friends at the end of the weekend. Maybe some will be even more than friends.
  6. You’ll save money. The Internet is a wallet-emptying trap. It’s far too easy to spend money and if you’re like me, you don’t even realize you’re doing it because of the convenience and simplicity. You’ll have a far better time getting out in the world and making real memories than you will buying stuff you don’t need online.
  7. You’ll get closer with the people who matter. As mentioned, our phones just make us rude as hell. We can be surrounded by a group of people, yet no one is talking because they’re so absorbed in their phones. How awful is that? If you don’t have your phone, others will be less likely to use theirs and everyone will have a better time.
  8. You’ll inspire others to do the same. When people see what an independent and amazing weekend you’ve had because of going solo sans phone, they might be inspired to do the same.
  9. You’ll be empowered by how awesome you are without your phone as a crutch You don’t need your phone — you’re a grown ass woman, OK? When you survive 48 dreadful, painful, never-ending hours without it, you’re going to feel awesome!
C. is an aspiring yogi and Ph.D student who loves her dogs, bright lipstick and to travel. Find her on IG @drparko121314