By Twelve 2017 Participant, Sofia Pitt
"Last holidays, my family went on a huge trip to celebrate my batmi. We went to Israel, skied in France, met family in Switzerland and hung out with family friends in London. It was amazing and I wanted to share everything with my friends on the way. Mum had suggested we leave our phones at home as we don’t have international roaming anyway, but I wanted to bring mine, as I knew we would have Wi-Fi access and I still wanted to be able to talk to my friends.
When we got back to the hotel in the evenings, instead of playing a board game or sitting and talking with my family I decided to play on my phone and watch TV or my iPad. Mum noticed this and told me and my older sister "no phones for 1 week". She wanted us to “reconnect”.
At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to last without it, but it was actually pretty easy. I used to read a lot. Then, when I got my phone I did less and less reading, but once my phone was taken from me I realised how much I had missed it. It was freezing in the snow and hanging out with hot chocolate and everyone reading or playing games was more fun than I thought it would be. Also, without my phone, I was more in the moment. I paid a lot more attention to the rest of my family and I actually ended up having a much better time without it. We listened to music and were singing and dancing. It was cool.
During the time I was off my phone I was wondering how much I was missing with my friends and their lives, and when I checked my messages at the end of the week, I realised I hadn’t really missed anything at all. Trust me, I love my phone, but I highly recommend trying a phone detox. I think maybe I will do it more often when we are on holiday. You may discover an activity you really like or you might just enjoy being away from all social media and games for a bit. A phone detox allows you to focus on the things that are important to you."