By now, I’m sure you’ll have all seen the I Forgot My Phone video that’s been doing the rounds online.
I had a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago where I admitted how much I love switching my phone off while I’m travelling, and he confessed that there was no way he could stay that unconnected. So my first thought upon watching I Forgot My Phone was to post it on his Facebook wall, feeling smug about how I was not addicted to my phone.
Then I thought about the weekend I just had.
How I couldn’t wait in line to be served without tweeting about it.
How I couldn’t enjoy a drink with my sister without sharing it on Instagram.
How we couldn’t enjoy a night out without posting it to Facebook.
In fact, I can’t remember the last time I watched television without idly browsing the internet, the last day out I had without taking a picture of something funny to share online, or the last time somebody told me some news that I hadn’t already seen on my newsfeed.
It’s all well and good being able to disconnect for while on holiday, but what about the other fifty weeks in a year? How is permanently being connected to social media affecting my interactions offline?
I’m going to try leaving my phone in my bag and enjoying the moment, and taking a step back from social media to try and answer these questions.