It rarely bothers me when I see people glued to their phones. Our lives are pretty much on them now – I’m actually typing this on my phone, and I do much more on it too. Social media aside, I use it to help boost my blog, I email, I read articles and I even edit my screenplays on it!
I think that’s why people find it hard to put them down, and dislike being told to do so. I personally try not be rude about it, and I certainly wouldn’t use it at the dinner table – at least in most cases I wouldn’t. I know of some people who can’t go five minutes without checking their phones.
Recently I’ve been working a lot of extra hours, and I don’t feel like I’ve had much time to just relax, and with that, I also haven’t spent much time with my husband, without sitting in front of my laptop. We decided we would have a film night, and he jokingly said “without our phones”, and replied, quite dubiously, “I’m not so sure about that.”
We put our film on – Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson) and I made the conscious decision to my phone on “do not disturb” and turn it over so I couldn’t see the screen.
Do you know what happened? I really enjoyed myself! For one thing, I was fully focused on this great movie, and for another, it meant I could actually chat to my other half about it. At the end, we had a full conversation about what we had thought about it, without either of us having to remind the other what had happened.
I felt like I appreciated what I was watching, and I was really gripped by it. I didn’t even miss it!
We enjoyed it so much, that we’ve decided we’re going to try to have a “no phones movie night” at least once a week.
If you think about it, the only time most people watch a film without their phones distracting them, is when they go to cinema. If I’m quite honest, I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed watching a film so much at home.
You might think I sound ridiculous, but really, give it a go and see if changes your film watching experience! If it doesn’t, you’re just loosing out on a couple of hours away from your phone, and let’s face it – that might not be a bad thing!