This is me as a young kid. I lived on a main street, but me and my brothers had a ton of fun playing in our front yard. These were our lives.
We loved playing sports together and riding bikes. Our mom would have to beg us to come inside most of the time.
When our mom got us to stop playing outside, we did things like get ice cream and relax with one another.
It stayed like this for years. Until...
My mom got me my first smart phone... then everything changed.
Soon after I got my first iPhone, everyone at school followed. Then, we were introduced to Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and more.
It was not long before our in-person communication with each other suffered. We spent our days with our heads buried in our phones, talking to people who weren't with us and ignoring the people who were.
I was so busy texting, checking Facebook, and sending snapchats that my mom would yell at me to pay attention to what she was saying. I thought this was normal behavior on my part, but over the years I began to understand where my mom was coming from.
GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!
I realized my behavior needed to change. Over the years, I adjusted my digital use and tried to limit it as much as I could by reading and drawing instead of using my phone, TV, or laptop. I still have a lot of improvement to make, but I'm headed in the right direction.
Now I spend a lot of time outdoors and away from the digital world. I am still very much involved and addicted to my digital life, but I always try to find time to disconnect and relax. It certainly makes my mom happy!