I've heard of people doing screen bans by choice as some sort of social experiment. I get the concept, but I don't think I would ever willingly impose one on myself!
In theory, it would be nice to go back to a simpler time, connect with people more in real life, and all the other things people hope to get out of these experiences.
In reality though, unless everyone in your social circle, everyone you work with and anyone you want to do any sort of business with also do one at the same time, it's not going to work. The world still keeps turning, even if we choose not to turn with it.
You can imagine my horror then when I learned that we are no longer allowed to have our phones out behind the bar (I work in a pub). Now obviously, when it's busy I understand completely. However, some days I work 12 hours shifts and of those 12 hours, there's perhaps 4 or 5 of them over the course of the day where I don't actually have anyone in!
The bar is only small and is all fully cleaned down within 2-3 hours tops. That leaves a lot of time to kill!
I am one of those people who's phone is like a third limb, it's always within an inch or so of me (I do put it away when I'm with people on days/nights out etc).
Now people think I'm ignoring them if they call or text me, although after 10 days of it, I think they are starting to realise I have to ignore them when I'm at work, but 12 hours is a long time to wait for a response to a text!
I can cope with this though, as the people I mostly talk to daily know what's happening. I can also cope with the social media withdrawal (just!).
What is driving me completely mad though is all the other bits I use my phone for. Listening to music, and making notes of new post ideas, shopping lists, to do lists, things I have to remember, phone numbers, pretty much everything I need to do or remember!
I now have to listen to whatever rubbish is on the radio! And I've totally lost count of the times I've reached for my phone to note something and remembered I can't! I now carry a pad of paper and pen around to jot things down (it feels so old school!). Plus an A4 pad is much less convenient to lug around than my phone. I tried post its but I kept losing them. I've tried a diary but there's never enough space! Not to mention all the poor trees I am now single handily killing on a daily basis! I feel like my human rights have been violated! Ok that's an exaggeration, but it is driving me mental. Like really mental!
There is no way I can admit this at work though because I refuse to give them the satisfaction of thinking their stupid rules are bothering me so I thought I would have a vent here.
I know a lot of you are probably eye rolling because most people can't sit using their phones at work. If this had always been the rule, it probably wouldn't have bothered me either, but I've worked there nearly 11 years now and for this to suddenly be dropped in is annoying.
I don't want to end this post on a negative note, and I have found one positive to come out of this. I am going to use all that extra time I would normally fill with social media to actually start writing the novel I keep threatening to start. Old school. On actual paper. Wish me luck!
Would this drive you mad or do you think you could do a screen ban?
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