(Original post by BlinkyBill)
Oh wow that's really interesting! What were the sorts of things you spent most of your mobile phone time? I'm interested in the fact that you don't feel FOMO. I remember my old students were really plagued by it. Why does the amount of time you spend on your phone worry you?
Mainly on my phone it's: checking TSR, checking if the trains are cancelled (now a necessary part of my morning routine), checking emails, going on Discord, occasionally go on reddit, and also checking the group chat I'm in with friends.
The reason I don't get FOMO is because... well, what am I missing out on? If my friends were planning to go out then they'd notify me, and they do. Is it conversation that I'm missing out on? Ehhh not really, I'm generally happy to pass my evenings by myself. On the occasion that I open my phone to see that I have 400 unread messages on Whatsapp, I just don't care. It's not important, there are no wider consequences, it won't kill me to not have been involved.
I think having some idle time to collect your thoughts is really important. It helps you to retain the ability to focus, to maintain a healthy attention span - which, I think over-use of screens now is adversely affecting. If I were to have this idle time at home it's arguable that I could instead be spending my time in a more visibly beneficial way - like doing my homework, practising guitar, exercising, that sort of thing. But commuting to school, I don't read books, I don't do schoolwork, the only thing I might
do is go on my phone and I know that I flat-out don't need to. So it's the perfect time for me to just have a nice think about stuff. Preferably important stuff, because important things should be thought about carefully.