By Melanie Walker
If you’re my age (90’s babies, what what) you might feel the effects of the awkward- limbo technology age. I’m talking about the teenagers who started their technology frenzies on MSN hotmail (which was the bomb) and MySpace, and where no one really had an Iphone besides the distingustingly wealthy.
Personally, I feel this weird technology awkwardness. On one hand, I spent my teenage years getting lectured about going over my phone bill. But on the other hand, I find myself joining in on criticizing the high schoolers I teach who have smart phones for hands.
One thing is for sure: in this tech-awkward age, I can’t help but have a love affair with my phone. But it feels wrong, like it’s a relationship that my parents don’t approve of.
Well. I’m going to propose a solution: stop feeling guilty for loving your smartphone.
Seriously. One thing I have learned in my adult life is that not everything has to be hot or cold. You can have both. You can have your smart phone as well as real, human friends.
Let’s create a game plan for smart phone usage. Here are some strategies, ideas, and actions I have tried in the past that I recommend:
Fill your smartphone with healthy and thought-provoking material:
No matter what we do, smartphones and the internet are going to be around. So how can we improve our social media experience?
Here are some things I do:
Set different standards for your smartphone and technology:
Some of my personal standards include:
Use your smartphone as a force for positivity, and don’t be afraid to put it down sometimes:
The notifications can wait. Here are different actions I recommend:
You know yourself better than anyone, so you have the power to monitor yourself and your technology use. And if you need to take a break from your phone, do whatever you need to do to make yourself happy. The main idea is: don’t feel guilty because someone tells you should feel that way. You do you.
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