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Are you addicted to your mobile?

Monday, 24 April 2017  |  Mummy and Little Me

 

 

I have finally admitted to myself that I am addicted to my mobile phone, I don't go longer than 5 minutes without lighting up that screen and checking for notifications even if I'm in the middle of something I just can't help myself. It's like my arm isn't attached to my body it just reaches out of its own accord and I then I feel the vibration as the phone recognises my finger print and unlocks. It's like I get some kind of high if I see a new social media notification or email. Even if there are no notifications I will load up Instagram, Facebook and then Twitter (in that order) refreshing my feeds for new content, it's like i'm scared to miss out on something when all i'm really missing out on is my life - what's right there in front of me my 2-year-old daughter.

You know that things are bad if you leave your phone on the opposite end of the couch and your daughter immediately picks it up and hands it to you saying "there you go mummy". She recently said "put your phone down please mummy" as she wanted to climb up on my knee for a cuddle. It was her asking me to put my phone down to realise just how much I was addicted to it and what her image of me must be - me with my phone in my hand. It broke my heart and I knew that I needed to change. I want to live in the moment and see my daughter playing and happy and most importantly not through a phone screen, I want her to have 100% of my attention. I've started to turn my phone off for set periods of the day as if it's turned on I'm too tempted to have a quick peek. Even if it's zipped away in my bag I still feel tempted to turn it back on and see what I have missed so now I've started to put it away in a draw upstairs so I am less tempted.

I really feel bad about my mobile phone addiction and how it might have shaped my daughters view of me but I am working very hard to change that. Are you addicted to your mobile phone? - Jodie x

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