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© 2018 by Seena Brown

My name is Seena Brown, and I am 14 years old.
I'm a freshman at a public high school near Los Angeles.

Like many people my age ... I have gotten more and more addicted to social media
over the past couple of years. While I love Kendall, Kylie, Gigi and Bella ...

trying to measure up to their Instagram pics on a daily basis started
making me feel stressed, obsessed and depressed. As I got more and more sucked
into YouTuber's lives (um, @GraysonDolan), I became less and less excited about my own.

Seeing what other people were doing on social media became my hobby, my obsession, my drug. I wasted so many hours. I never felt better after looking at my phone, but I didn't dare look away either. Because what if I missed something?

Well, it turns out I was missing something ... my own life. Because I was too busy looking down at my phone to truly appreciate or participate in it.

How many experiences have I missed out on because of my phone?

I don't know exactly, but I know it's a lot.
And I don't want to miss out on any more.

So in January 2018, I decided to give up my iPhone for a year by choice
and get a flip phone instead. This is my story.

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