Back in December 2019, we launched our first “Drop the Phone” campaign. Now is the perfect time to try a 30 day challenge again.
The nine days is always a time of introspection and growth, and summer is also a time when we want to enjoy more family time. And enjoying a simple life with them around us, without distractions, can be so fulfilling and memorable.
So, we thought, wouldn’t it be a great time to try to “Drop the Phone” together another time?
Any one of us can make a resolution, on our own, not to be using our phones during certain times. It’s simply easier when we’re doing it together.
And you know why?
(That’s Fear Of Missing Out). When our friends are also off the phone, there’s nothing to miss!
For everyone, dropping the phone can mean something different. It could be certain hours, like “Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.” or it could be when we’re on an outing with kids (or after the Nine Days, when you’re by the pool…with a book!).
We knew, if we all did it together, it would be waaaaayyy easier to keep our phones away for those times.
Shimi Adar originally coined the term “Drop the Phone,” and (with her permission, of course!), we’re bringing this message again to all our readers. Instead of acquiring this essential habit of “dropping the phone” all on your own, you’d be doing it with friends, family, and neighbors.
Our own children are the first generation to grow up during the phone era. Phones weren’t as much of a presence during that landline, flip phone, or even the Blackberry era, when any of us were growing up. And even though some of our phones are filtered, even browser-free, and “kosher,” it’s still a distraction because we’ve just become too available to anyone who sends a text or email. We don’t know how this will affect our kids. Even the best, most attentive parents are guilty of often responding to text messages rather than listening to our kids.
So let’s do this…let’s be completely present for our families during those hours. And, of course, doing this together with friends is always more fun. We’ll also be setting a good example for our kids.
“Phones are for communication and work. They’re for taking adorable pics of you. But they’re not for fun. They’re not what we ‘do’ when we want to unwind.” That’s what we want to convey to our children. Let’s prove that we value our conversations with our kids way more than the conversation we’re having with our “Neighborhood” on Whatsapp.
This post on BCP might be very helpful: How to Shut Down Apps During Certain Times.
Also, for more inspiration, you can read this post from the first Drop the Phone campaign: Did the Drop the Phone Campaign Mean a Different for You?
Want to join us? Let us know below! All you need to do is commit to 2 hours per day with limited phone use (these should be the hours that are most important for you to be ‘present’ for your family).
This SUNDAY will be day #1 of Drop the Phone.
Sign up below to receive a ‘Drop the Phone Habit Tracker,’ download + a STATUS or PROFILE image you can put up for the 30 days to let people know you’ve disconnected!
To read about how a habit tracker helps you ‘stick to a habit,’ click here.