I recently turned off all the notifications and badges for all but a few people/ applications. I have found it very freeing and peaceful. I only look when I have time and want to.
If you mean leaving my phone elsewhere so that I physically do not have access to it… I don’t feel scared, just cut off from important information (addresses, the calculator, etc.) but that is more due to always having it with me. It’s more bother than scared.
The phone is an essential part of my job. I manage an online program and I often need to be available to students and applicants. Often when there are deadlines and the students are from all over the world and need help after hours.
Additionally, I want to be available to my daughter to help her with her son who has asthma.
I don’t do a lot with social media, so I don’t keep checking for messages.
But then I realised that I was missing out on the present, a movie or book or a good conversation opportunity.
My phone is always going off during the day for work – people always wanting things from me, to leave it in another room and do something that makes me feel good is invigorating.