Have you ever been spending time with friends or family and you have noticed that it’s suddenly gone quiet. Everyone has stopped talking and the silence has managed to distract you from browsing on your Smartphone long enough for you to look up. You quickly see that the reason everyone has stopped talking is… the have their head down on their Smartphones too.
FOMO – Fear of Missing Out
According to research from Assurant Solutions, Brits feel lost without their mobiles after just 13 minutes. We also check our mobiles on average of 45 times per day. 33% of Brits check their phone first thing in the morning upon waking.
Facebook, Twitter, SMS, WhatsApp, Skype, LinkedIn, Blogs… we have so many methods to stay connected with friends and the wider world, and we all seem to suffer with FOMO – Fear of missing out. A fear that drives us to regularly eschew being present in the moment as we go online to keep up with what is happening elsewhere.
I’m as guilty of this as anybody, spending more time taking photos and sending status updates to tell others where I was, what I was doing and with who I was doing it than I was actually being present in the moment.
In 2012 I quit using Foursquare, and in 2013 I reassessed my relationship with Facebook. On Friday 7th March 2014, it will be the National Day of Unplugging and I’m going to join in by turning my Smartphone off for the entire day, giving my iPad a wide berth, ignoring Social Media, not reading emails, and generally being disconnected from the Internet.
24 hours without the Internet
How will I get on? As a self-confessed techno-geek, will I get withdrawal symptoms? The cold sweats? What on earth will I do for a full 24 hours without the Internet?
On Saturday I’ll update this blog post with my thoughts on my experiment in unplugging for a day.