We are hearing a lot of talk lately about the importance of ‘living in the now’. Of keeping our real life connections strong with face to face communication. Of getting outside and getting back on board with nature and fresh air. There is a sense of foreboding for future generations that the technology we love so much may be hampering our ability to sit back and smell the roses. We are being told to put done the phones, unplug the laptop and ignore the emails. But how do we really do this when so much of our lifestyle is now managed by portable devices?
The Sunshine Coast Destination Limited and Tourism and Events Queensland decided that being on holidays is the best time to take a look at how you use technology and maybe take back some of that control.
They have devised the Smarter Smart Phone Code of Conduct (SSCOC) to give all of those locals and visitors to the area a tangible solution to ‘live in the moment’ and truly enjoy all that is on offer. It is not asking for a cold turkey detox and they wont ask you to hand over your phone at reception, they just want to give you the chance to become more conscious about how we are using our phones. Still use them to take a photo of that crocodile…but be sure to get a good look in his eyes, notice the texture of his skin, the size of his teeth…and then take a snap! (preferably before he does)
So to help you reduce your dependency on your phones, they have created 7 simple behaviours that you can action whilst on holidays.
1. Avoid being a search it all Make the most of the moment and seek out your own special corner of the coast
2. Elbows and phones off the table Make the most of the moment with great food and company
3. Kiss your phone goodnight Make the most your night with a restful nights sleep or some romance
4. Look before you snap Make the most of the moment and take in this truly breathtaking place
5. Take a phone free day Make the most of the moment and experience nature without distractions
6. Talk now text later Make the most of the moment and enjoy this precious time together
7.Taste before you upload Make the most of the moment and savour every mouthful
Maybe we are too concerned about instagramming the crayfish and cocktail that we forget to really savour each mouthful. If we are scrolling through our facebook feed are we really inhaling the smell of the ocean, or noticing the feeling of the sun on our skin?
If you are visiting the area you will notice hotels will have posters, bedside cards and coasters all outlining the 7 behaviours. Many of the tourist attractions too, have come on board and even have phone free zones for families to have lunch or just hang out and talk about their experiences. But it doesn’t have to end there. Hopefully the changes and conscious thinking will help people think a bit more about their everyday use. Sure we all need to keep our phones on us, but maybe we can rethink how we use them. Setting aside certain times to check and reply to emails, setting time limits for ourselves to check our facebook feed. Turning off the ringtone so you are not disturbed when out to dinner or playing with the kids. Just taking back a little control.
I love my phone. I love that I can take a pic, video some memorable moments, look up a restaurant, get directions, check the weather, listen to music. These are all things I like to do with my phone on holidays too. But maybe something like this would help to re-establish some boundaries for ourselves about the dependence we have on our phones and the importance of getting back to really connecting with people and getting back to nature.
What do you think about the idea of having a holiday code of conduct such as this? Do you think you could do with the chance to re-evalutate how you use your phone?
This is a sponsored post for Sunshine Coast Destination Limited and Tourism and Events Queensland