Last Weekend, we packed up our CRV and took the kids camping to the Silver Lake Provincial Park. We went along with two other families and we were all excited for the getaway weekend.
After putting in some long hours for work since June, Toby and I were excited to take some time away and re-connect with the kids (even if it meant four hours’ sleep and puking episodes on Sunday morning!).
We did re-connect. We also slowed down. Watched caveman TV. Read. Swam. Sat. Laughed.
We also eased an addiction.
For the entire weekend, we put our phones away.
*full disclosure: I pulled out my phone to read from my Kobo App and when I turned on a downloaded Netflix episode of Peppa Pig at 5 a.m. Saturday morning so the kids would stay inside the tent for another 22 minutes.
Other than that?
There was no Facebook scrolling.
I didn’t even take photos to document our time there.
But it took a good 12 hours to get away from the constant draw to the cellphone.
And we know we’re not alone.
According to a recent study conducted by GFK, it found that over a third of internet users across the globe struggle to tear themselves away from their phones, with the average user checking it every 15 minutes or less.
Heck, it’s even bad for the marriage.
RTN Online just reported about a study that found that one in four married couples on holiday will fight from too much social media checking.
It’s an easy path to maintain, even when you’re supposed to be checked out from the real world.
Without chatting about it, Toby and I both left the phones in the car throughout the weekend.
We also didn’t talk shop.
Then – come Monday – we were energized and ready to get back at it.
Taking the time away from the phone – whether for work or aimless social media scrolling – allowed us to get centred and re-focused for the upcoming work days.
Tell us: When was the last time you disconnected?