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I Don’t Want To Spend This Much Time On My Device During the Holidays. How About You?

The Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving just finished, Hanukkah started today, and Christmas will be here before you can blink. I carry two phones with me almost everywhere I go. One for work, one for personal use, and I don’t want to spend this much time on my device during the Holidays. How about you? Before you answer, let me give you some context.

I’m a husband and a father. I’m a small business owner, and do some social media consulting. In order to be efficient wearing those hats, and many others, I use my device to improve my life. I have to stay connected a lot, it’s my job. I’m not alone. Next time you’re in an airport, look around. We live in a ‘connected’ world. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing, that sometimes gets a bad reputation.

I may be more aware of the time I spend on my device, because I have often been on it too much. Most Sundays and Holidays I try to ‘unplug’. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to how we spend our time. Last week during Thanksgiving my brother-in-law walked in and said ‘why is everyone on their devices!’ He was really upset, I could almost see his blood pressure rise.  In fairness, there were four people in the room, and we were all checking stuff on our phones. What he didn’t realize, was that we were watching a movie, and it was during a commercial. In turn, the next morning during breakfast I busted him as well! I was just teasing, even though he wasn’t the day before. I’m sure many of you could share similar stories.

Our devices have become so vital to our daily lives, that it’s beginning to annoy people. I’ve met some people who have huge buttons about pulling our your phone at a restaurant. No one wants to be the person that is looked on as isolated, or ignoring others. As society becomes more and more connected, it’s just important to be aware of when we are on our devices, and for how long.

That said, how would the holiday’s be without your device? I can’t tell you how many times I needed mine over the past two weeks. Weather it was using the flashlight while frying a turkey, or making calculations while following a pie recipe, or googling how to fix lights while on a ladder, my device is essential to my day-to-day life. Could I live without it? Absolutely. Would it make sense to try, even for Holidays? Absolutely not.

So as we move through the end of the year, be thankful for your device, and the advancements made everyday in technology. If you have Verizon like I do, then also be thankful you have a fantastic network. Spend time with your family and friends. Limit the amount of time you are on your device, (you know, checking Facebook statuses) but don’t deny yourself the helpful ways your device improves your life.

 

My Family during the Holidays taken with my wife's Verizon iPhone 6 Plus

My family during the Holidays, taken with my wife’s Verizon iPhone 6 Plus

 

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own. 

 

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