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Why Putting Your Phone Away Can Help You Create Better Memories

We all live in a time where electronics are everywhere. We use our phones and computers as our main way of communicating. I’m not saying technology is a bad thing. If anything, it’s one of the most interesting topics with how much it keeps evolving. However, if you can find it in you to try and put the electronics down for just one day, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve realized lately that I haven’t been taking nearly as many photos as I use to. As much as this was disappointing because I love capturing memories, I finally see why it’s a good thing too. My best friend from high school just got married and I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids. Normally, I would take photos of every single moment. Instead, I captured the moments that seemed to matter the most to me. The rest of the night I spent along side my best friend dancing the night away on her special day. I don’t regret a single moment that I didn’t have my phone in my hand. I was able to enjoy more of the night and be part of more conversations. Sometimes it’s better to live in the moment rather than living on your phone. Have you noticed what we look like when we are looking at our phones rather than those around us?

My friends and I often meet up during the week to play cards. There are times that it’s hard to get through a game at a normal speed because of us being on our phones. We’re playing other games on our phone while playing cards. We’re answering text messages or reading articles about the latest Game Of Thrones Episode. Regardless of what exactly we are doing on them, our phones become a priority. I challenge you to have a Cards Against Humanity night or a Poker night and stay off of your phone. Take a look around you and see what your friends look like while paying more attention to their phone. That’s a mirror image of yourself too. We have become so accustomed to always being on our phones that we don’t even realize how much we are missing out on. Sometimes it can be frustrating when you have to repeat yourself a couple of times because someone is reading their phone and not paying attention. However, we all do that to one another. Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend had the best day and would tell you all about it. Maybe that conversation would lead to a childhood story that you never knew about. You’ll never know if you spend more time on your phone and never get to talking without your phones being around to distract you.

I guess most of this was brought to my attention when my friends and I went to a bar nearby. It was my first time going there only to discover that you can’t get service there. Absolutely zero cell phone service. No Snapchatting, no texting, no looking at Facebook, and no Tweets quoting your friend’s funny comments throughout the night. Truthfully, it was one of the best nights I’ve had. We had more fun talking to one another and singing along with the band than telling everyone else about our night out. It was nice to have everyone engaged in conversations together and not seeing light on their face from their phone screen. Overall, putting the phone down goes a long way. You might think it’s not a big deal because you’re used to having your phone with you everywhere you go. Challenge yourself to go a day without it and see how you feel afterward. Go out on the weekend and leave it in your pocket. Those will be the memories you make that will go a lot further than seeing what happened on social media.

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