It has been researched that people check their smartphones 150 times during the day. My husband purchased an iPhone long before I had my own, and I didn’t fully understand the beauty of such a device. Now that I have had my own for more than a few years I completely understand. Smartphones are incredible, yet they have seriously changed how I spend my time during the day.
I’ve already made the decision over a year ago to no longer begin my day with email or social media, yet I’d love to take my conscious living to the next level.
I’ve never counted how many times I actually look at my iPhone during the day, yet I desire to be more present in my daily life to enjoy each moment more fully. Have you ever observed yourself or others share content from their phones as part of the conversation? How about when you can’t think of a specific item, place, title, movie, or person during a conversation and immediately feel the need to look it up online? Have you ever acknowledged how noticing every text message or notification that comes through really affects the natural flow and energy that would be there otherwise? I’ve been guilty of this many times, and that’s why I want to do this experiment.
It’s the holiday season and spending quality undivided attention with those I love is more important to me than anything else. My phone doesn’t need to experience the holidays or my life in general, I do. My simple experiment involves only one minor change to my iPhone settings for a full week.
I’m taking the liberty to turn my iPhone to grayscale.
Although black and white photos have that vintage feel, it is not as inviting to view everything this way since we are so accustomed to color. I am curious to discover if one full week of having my phone in grayscale will discourage obsessively tending to my phone throughout the day. I’m actually looking forward to this experiment. I believe it is always helpful to question my behavior to see if it is truly serving me.
Here’s how to turn your iPhone to grayscale. Go to…
4. Display Accommodations
5. Color Filter —> On
6. Check Grayscale
With future iPhone software updates these steps may change, yet this is what I recently did. I am truly interested in seeing what I notice over this week. If any of you want to join me on this tiny experiment for the week, please do! I am also curious if any of you have ever tried this. If so, what have you noticed about setting your phone to grayscale?
Are you unconsciously hooked to your smartphone? No judgement, just dish the details in the comment section.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)