Today they take on phones and how to get off them and on to healthier things.
Boo: You guys and your phones. It’s crazy! Have you seen those new updates that tell you how much time you spend on social media, productivity and reading?
Millie: First of all, us guys? Um, let’s get real. We’re not the only ones with the issue. But, yeah, that feature that tells you how much screen time you’ve had, you mean? It makes me feel a little judged. It’s the one time I don’t want to hear how above-average I am!
Boo: Ha! That’s exactly how I feel. But it definitely makes me think about it.
Millie: Me too, but I also wonder why the company that wants us to be addicted to our devices is now telling us in painful detail exactly how much time we’re spending on them!
Boo: Yeah, sign of the times I guess.
Millie: Well, since you brought this up, what do you do to try to stop that battery-powered rectangular monster from sapping your time and energy?
Boo: I guess I did bring it up, so I deserve to go first. I try little tricks. Like at the dinner table at home I just say “don’t bring it to the table.” That usually works out ok, but we all still jump a little and reflexively turn our heads towards wherever the phones are if they beep or buzz or bong or ring. Putting them on silent helps a bit too. If I’m out to lunch or dinner I “gameify” it—all phones in the middle of the table and whomever grabs for theirs’ first pays the check. That can be effective unless someone wants to treat that day. Then it backfires!
Millie: That’s funny! That one would most likely work on me and my budget!
Boo: What about you, what do you do to just get off the phone and stay off it?
Millie: I have a few tricks up my sleeve! The first is, I’m trying to work out more, so I go to classes where if I was on my phone that would be weird and rude. Then, I get the healthy benefit of a good class and I stay off my phone. It’s in the little cubby, so there’s no way I’m looking at it!
Boo: Good one. Sometimes if I go running or workout at home I catch myself checking the phone. I’m just going to leave it in a different room from now on and maybe put it in one of those arm holder thingamajigs when I run. What about working? Is it hard to keep off the phone?
Millie: Well, it is for a lot of my friends, but I made a rule for myself a long time ago. No phone while I’m working. I work 50 minutes straight and then I take a 5-10 minute break and go on my phone. Honestly, it makes my parents and friends a little mad because they expect me to always answer texts and snaps immediately, but I stick to the plan and it is definitely better for me.
Boo: To tell you the truth, you could teach me and my friends a thing or two about staying healthy and productive and staying off the phone!
Millie: Well, I guess I take my responsibility as a digital native seriously. Let me lead the way!
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. In real life, Millie & Boo are at the café enjoying one another’s company. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.