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    5 Reasons Why You Need to Put Down the Phone

    Ladies, I have to tell you that the whole “cell phone, texting, social media, not paying attention to anyone around you” fad is way out of control. Let’s be honest.

    I recently went to a restaurant with my family, and as we sat waiting for our table, literally everyone around us had their heads down with smartphone in hand, scrolling and tapping. And at a recent kid’s birthday party that my son attended, the children had cell phones and were either huddled alone or grouped around silly video clips. My young son could be heard saying, “My mom doesn’t let me have a phone.” It’s not easy living in the world while trying not to be of it, right? And it’s even harder bringing up children in such a technologically focused world.

    Ladies, I’m not trying to spoil my son’s fun. And I’m not trying to spoil yours when I strongly suggest this: Put down the phone, please! Here are five reasons why.

    1. It’s unsocial. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to gatherings where some guests are sitting alone in a room with their phone, or restaurants where a couple are occupied by their own phones. Even in stores, people have their heads down and fingers tapping as they shop, totally focused on their phones. Regular conversations are almost obsolete, and checking the phone in the middle of a conversation is no longer considered rude. But it’s almost become a norm, and one that has wedged itself between people and made us so unsocial.
    2. It’s distracting. Smartphones have taken us out of the real world. God created an amazing world, full of wonder. He also gave us ability to help others, get involved, socialize and converse. The smartphone takes us away from what’s real and what’s important and the important people around us.
    3. It’s addicting. It’s almost as if we have to stay in touch with the world. We have to know what’s going on at every moment. I know people who check the Facebook pages of people they don’t even like. Or they’ll send out random text messages, back and forth, to their friends. Why? Just to give them a reason to use the phone. Just to stay in constant contact.
    4. It’s annoying. Especially when you’re the one sitting there when everyone’s on the phone. It’s like no one knows how to be social anymore. No one knows how to have a conversation. Being on the phone also seems to give us this false sense of importance, as if being on the phone, texting someone, browsing the Internet or checking social media every second means that we’re busy or in demand. And anything less means we’re not cool.
    5. It’s controlling. After a while, our phone controls us because we find that we can’t live without it. It becomes an extension of ourselves.

    I know that the smartphone is a great tool. I have one that I use for work. I even text my husband and friends when I have a quick question. A quick text or even researching a question is nothing to bark about. But when we devote the majority of our time to texting, browsing and checking our social media, and we can’t even walk across a parking lot without checking it, then that’s a problem.

    Our phones shouldn’t take over our lives. It should be a tool, not something that we’re dependent on or something we just can’t live without. Honestly, if the idea of leaving the house without your phone gives you heart palpitations, then it’s time to put it down.

    Ladies, are you able to put your phone down?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    7 COMMENTS

    1. Thanks so much for this post! Its exactly what I needed
      I never thought id be one of those people who were addicted to their phones, I always had a crappy phone so i was too embarrassed to take it out anyway
      I recently just got an iphone with a really good plan and I have been on it nonstop
      not only are those 5 points important but I also feel like its taking away from my time with God
      I waste so much time on my phone when i could be doing bible study and when i am doing bible study I use it!
      This is a problem that affects most teenagers lives and spiritual lives right now because its so easy to get caught up in the materialism
      Thanks again for this humbling post!

    2. I should do some sort of fast where I don’t have my phone for a week. I honestly don’t need it for anything but to contact my parents when im out with friends or something. Challenge accepted, im going to put down my phone for once.

    3. This is so true! Thanks for the reminder. I recently experienced a pretty boring Christmas vacation where social media seemed to be my only mean of entertainment. I gave my phone and the Internet an inch of my time and now it feels like it took a whole yard! Now I have to get back into my normal routine and the constant checking is taking a toll on that. BUT I will definitely try my best to resist the urge. Keep praying for me and the girls that are going through the same thing 🙂

    4. Everything in moderation. I have an iPhone, and it’s definitely handy to have something with me to text my mother to ask her if she’s picking me up or jotting my to-do lists down all in one spot. However, it’s definitely tempting to get sidetracked! I took off all social media apps off my phone (I was running out of space anyways), so now it’s just full of utility apps such as to-do list stuff, food logs, etc. I wouldn’t go so far as to saying social media is “unsocial” though; I have friends and family living in Korea, so social media has been an INCREDIBLY vital part of communication since plane tickets aren’t cheap cost/time/energy-wise 🙁 But anyways, it can definitely become an addiction, just like anything else. Just everything in moderation though 🙂

    5. I can agree with this.

      So, I’m probably in the minority here because I don’t have a smartphone. However, once I was in conversation with someone about an app, and I told him that I don’t really want a smartphone either and he thought me crazy. Anyways, I have a reason for not wanting a smartphone. I don’t want to become addicted to it. I don’t want to become dependent on it for gratification. I don’t want to feel like I have to check it 24/7 or sleep with it to feel secure. Sure, it makes it difficult to communicate with people because I can’t receive group chats with my texting number or my cell phone, but I’m fine.

      I have another problem with smartphones. A lot of times, when I go out with friends, I find them glued to their phones and it bothers me. They are so engrossed in the world of their phone that they forget that some people can’t afford that luxury.

      I’m in a small group at church, and the members made a group chat so everybody could talk better. Unfortunately, I think they “forgot” some people (well just me) can’t receive group messages so not everyone is a part and someone feels excluded from the club.

    6. I totally agree . So many people have become slaves frontier phones , it’s very annoying . I was starting to become addicted to my phone and I noticed so I quickly stopped and now I only use it for emergencies .

    7. True fact! Cell phone is reason why people these today don’t have social life all because they care about is cell phone. People should really put down the cell phone and go explore the world has to offer.

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