Off The Grid

During day to day life, our family experiences a lot of distraction. Some of them are important, like work and making sure our daughter doesn’t run into the street while others are pointless like checking our Facebook or reading random internet articles. At family times we usually look distracted just like in this picture from Halloween.


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In fact, instead of writing this article thirty minutes ago I just spent half an hour reading an article about weird tattoos on Facebook.

Last week we all went on a cruise and were unable to use our phones or the internet for one week. Surprisingly, we didn’t miss it at all. It was calming and I felt like our family was really able to focus on each other. We made plans to have no phone times at home and I honestly dreaded the moment I would have to turn my iPhone back on. I assumed my dread would mean me willingly not using my phone as much but I was wrong. The second our cruise ship docked it was back to wasting time and ignoring loved ones with my cell phone.

I don’t know what it is about wasting time on my phone but I am an addict. So, our family has decided we will not be allowed to use our phones during dinner time and family walks.

Do you have any ideas for other times phones should be banned? Does your family have no phone times?

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3 Responses to “Off The Grid”

  1. star71 November 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    I’m trying to ban MYSELF from using it at dinner…
    There’s nothing major that happens while I’m eating… So I don’t need to have it…
    I don’t have a job that requires me to have it 24/7 or at all…
    So it’s just purely for MY pleasure…
    I don’t use it on our walks when we do go, unless it’s for music or to take a picture…
    Unless it goes off when it’s around the time my oldest is do home… To make sure he didn’t miss the bus after school, b/c orchestra ran late…
    Other than that it’s hands off,
    I think it’s great that you’re trying more time away from electronics…
    We also have a half hour block out during Jeopardy for the adults… We try to challenge each other…
    It’s pretty fun.
    :0)
    Ian takes little breaks from his nabi as well…

  2. storywrtr November 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM #

    Been thinking all day about this… Dinner, yes. Breakfast here too…but not until everyone does their morning checks. I say set a schedule, although difficult to adhere to in cases of smart phones, and try to stick with it. If you say between the hours of two and four are no goes, then try and schedule something else to keep you and/or the fam busy.

    Busyness is the key to success. Because if you find yourself waiting in line, you’ll check. A lull in the convo, you’ll check. So on and so forth.

    • Shannon November 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM #

      You are very right about Busyness! I never thought about it like that!

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