You don’t have to look far these days to find an article full of recommendations about ‘switching off’, staying present, connecting with people in real life, reading ‘real’ books, and so on, and so on.
I have no qualms admitting I’m addicted to my phone (and, let’s be serious, my iPad too).
But I still go out for dinner with friends, I still read ‘real’ books (not as much as I scroll my feeds, but hey) and I don’t own an Apple Watch.
Today, to make us all feel a little better, I thought I’d repent on everyone’s behalf — here are my current worst technology sins, warts and all.
I check my phone before I get out of bed
Yes, it’s true. I used to avoid doing this, but these days, I can’t fight the feeling.
And the first thing I do when I wake up is feed my cats in Neko Atsume. Yes, it’s true. I love video games and I love cats so there you have it. Sin one down.
I cut my finger and suffered through the phone-holding pain
A couple of weeks back I managed to slice my finger while cooking, right in the crook of my index finger, where you apparently hold your smartphone.
Every time I held my phone it hurt — the leaning of the phone against the skin, the bending of my finger, everything really.
But do you think I stopped checking my phone? No way.
I ignore people at lunch so I can read my phone
I don’t do this every day, but if I’m having a particularly busy morning, I do like to escape to the work kitchen, eat my lunch and zone out on Instagram.
Sometimes this involves rudely ignoring a co-worker who’s trying to strike up a conversation with me.
I know that makes me a bad person, but sometimes I just need my fix.
I fall asleep to YouTube videos
In line with my zen way of waking up in the morning, over the last few weeks I’ve found myself depending on YouTube vlogs to put me to sleep.
I guess this is the same as watching TV in bed (also a no-no I’m sure) but it does feels wrong, particularly when you wake to find the iPad tipped onto your arm in the middle of the night. Whoops.
Ok, now that my shame is out in the open, tell me — what are your worst, most deplorable technology sins? Please share below!