Life Motivational

Getting Rid of Digital Data

Hold onto your hats… I have gotten rid of digital data from my cell phone.

Yes, you’re reading this properly. I do not have data on my phone, which means I cannot endlessly scroll social media and I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.

When I was picking up my new iPhone I decided to get the smallest amount of data (250mb) and it has forever changed my mindset when it comes to using my cell phone. There were three main reasons why I wanted to get rid of digital data:

  1. Scrolling killed my mind

Do you have days where you will go from Instagram, scroll through that, realize you’ve seen all the pretty posts, shut the app and then switch to the Facebook app. Do the same thing on this app, then switch to twitter, snapchat and then back to Instagram?

I used to be so guilty with this. It would steal time from me and an hour later, I would realize I was still just aimlessly scrolling and I couldn’t remember anything of what I saw online. My mind was perpetually numb.

  1. Phones aren’t friends

Like most people, I have been addicted to my phone in the past. I would be out with friends and I would be talking to other friends through text messages OR I would be aimlessly scrolling while in the company of my friends.

I needed that to stop!

I wanted to spend quality time with my friends and getting rid of data meant getting rid of the possibility of using my phone at the dinner table, at a bar or even at a friend’s house. I started to have more real conversations with people and I started to acknowledge more when people were on their phones and not speaking with me or looking at me in my eyes.

It has also forced me to make conversations at events and parties. I can’t hide anymore because I can’t say “oh, I just have to check this email.” Hello extroverted Molly, it’s nice to meet you!

  1. Saving the cash

Cell phones are expensive and since we see them as a “necessity”, I wanted to find a way to save a bit of money, while still having a smartphone. (I’m not ready to go back to the flip phone era… but it’s been on my mind a lot more lately)

My cell phone plan is a lot cheaper because I don’t have the huge amount of data that some plans do. I save a pretty good chunk of change every month with this cheaper plan.

So, you’re probably asking, how the hell do you manage?!

My phone connects to wifi at my house, my work and a lot of my friends’ houses. When I’m connected to wifi I can scroll, check my email and publish a new photograph. There are ways to still be connected to social media but in a healthier way!

My 250mb of data go towards my imessages and if I ever run into a problem where I need to google or GPS something. Since October, I have used 260mb of data. That’s TINY.

It’s freeing to keep my phone in my purse while I’m out or if I’m at a friend’s house. I changed my plan three months ago and I’ve noticed that I’m a happier person, my phone stays charged for days, I still know what’s going on in the world and I’m paying more quality attention to the people in my life.

Next goal: Stop scrolling so much in the evening at home. Any suggestions how to surgically remove your laptop from your hip? I’ve already banned my laptop from my bed in the evening and have been reading instead. But, it’s the dinnertime and evening scrolling I need help with.

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6 Comments

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    Margaret
    February 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    You’ve said this perfectly. Wish a lot more people, preferably those I know, would pick up on this!

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    Patrice
    February 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I took mine off too 2 years ago – phone and texts only

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    Emily
    February 4, 2017 at 3:09 am

    My job requires that I have constant access to email. I handle insurance claims and the reports we get come in by email. We are constantly on call. I try to make a conscious effort to limit the scrolling. I know there are sites that will kick you off social media if you’ve been on too long but I can’t think of the name

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      thebookofmolly
      February 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      I need to google that! That would help me a lot in the evenings 🙂

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    James Lindsay
    February 8, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Oh, that I were able to get off-line more often. And I don’t even use FB for anything more than messaging.

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