For a couple of weeks now, I've had my cell phone on silent. And not just sometimes, all the time. And you know what? I don't think I'm ever going to change it back unless I run into some sort of a situation where I really need it.
Have I missed a couple of calls? Yea, sure. Have a few text messages gone unanswered for longer than usual? Yes, yes they have. But I feel like there's a certain amount of peace and relaxation that I get from not jumping every time my phone vibrates or beeps. I have a greater ability to ignore it.
I'm very attached to my phone, I'll admit it. Especially when I'm waiting for a text or an email or a phone call from a specific person. It rarely leaves my person. I carry it in my pocket basically all the time. I don't think this is healthy at all, but I really can't help it. However, if it's not immediately alerting me to the fact that I have a message, I'm able to let it chill out in my pocket, and check it intermittently. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better than snatching it up every time it makes a sound.
Granted, there have been a couple of times when I've sat and stared at it waiting for the light to blink. It happens to the best of us. But all in all, I find that I spend a lot less time paying attention to my phone, which I think is a lot healthier. I have a certain sense of freedom from my phone that I didn't have when I felt compelled to check it the second I heard it go off. And I enjoy that.