{ Declaration of Phone Independence }

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to disconnect oneself from the despotism of a cell phone, it only makes sense that one should list reasons for the separation.

Prudence dictates that smartphones should not be thrown out for light or transient causes. We need to keep in touch, check our bank balances, and navigate via GPS.

But, there comes a point when a phone becomes ridiculously demanding or distracting. And, after repeated usurpations of time and attention, it is a person’s duty to throw off such tyranny.

To prove this, let these facts and resolutions be submitted to a candid world:

  1. My phone is not part of my body.  I do not have to take it everywhere I go.
  2. When someone raises a question, wonders why? or seeks a word definition, I do not have to immediately drop everything to ask Google.
  3. I can fall asleep and awaken without a phone to help me.
  4. My phone may whine for me to touch it and spend time with it, but it can wait for a scheduled appointment.
  5.  I won’t look away from loved ones’ eyes to sneak looks at a screen.
  6. To check the weather, I can look at the sky and smell the breeze.  I do not have to check an electronic display to see if it looks like rain.
  7.  I will not allow my phone to shackle my eyes to its surface.  When a human comes into the room, I will give the individual my focus and respect.
  8.  My phone should be unseen and unheard when I am in a group setting.
  9. I will not force others to look at my photos or favorite videos without their kind permission.  And if they agree, I will not overdo it.
  10. My phone is a tool.  I will not let it carve me into a distracted, addicted, unpersonable person.


© Lisa M. Luciano, with apologies to Thomas Jefferson, for borrowing parts of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12


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