Mrs. Dykowski's... iPhone

Lately, I’ve been contemplating quitting being a millennial. 

That is, I’m thinking of ditching my iPhone. 

But, I feel like my phone, it’s apps, camera and internet connection are so much a part of my daily routine, I’m not sure I can anticipate all the adjustments I would need to make day-to-day without it. 

Our more experienced readers will likely scoff at my not knowing what my life will be like without it, but bear in mind that I’ve had internet access on my phone since I was 17. 

I got my first smartphone at 18 and my first iPhone at 22. 

I’ve never lived as an adult without internet on my phone. 

I’m not saying that’s a good thing — I’m saying it’s all I know. 

During the ice storm in February, when there was no cell service for the better part of three days, internet messaging allowed me to keep in contact with Scott. 

Because we, as millennials, count a landline as a luxury we don’t need. 

Does that seem backward?

I think I would be glad to spend less time on social media. And several scientific studies will back me up on that. Excessive social media use is linked to lower levels of happiness and contentment. 

I don’t know if my use of social media is always excessive, but I know it sometimes is. 

I’ve been thinking lately that mindless phone use is for our generation what smoking was for people 60 years ago. We do scroll when we wake up, when we get bored, when we feel awkward, when we’re stressed and when we’re tired. 

It’s not likely to give us lung cancer or COPD, but medical professionals are already seeing the adverse effects on our mental and physical health. 

There’s even a second-hand effect when the addiction makes us too distracted to parent our children, drive or even walk.

Still, I think I might miss having such quick access to my personal email. 

Video calling has been great for cultivating Darci’s relationships with her grandparents, but lately she’s more interested in the video filters than actually talking to anyone anyway. 

A laptop can do these things, too, but it doesn’t fit in my pocket. 

Honestly, what has stopped me from ditching my iPhone before now is how easy it makes document my children’s adorableness. 

Sarah Dykowski is the wife of Publisher Scott Dykowski. She can be reached at composing@dublincitizen.com

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