I don’t want to sound like I’m trying to speak for anyone when I ask this question, but how did we all become so dependent on our smart phones?
Maybe “dependent” isn’t the right word. Personally, for myself, it’s more of an addiction. For whatever reason I feel like I have to be looking at it almost constantly, I have to know what’s going on. I run back to the break room when I have down time at work to see if anyone has tried to contact me. I can barely sit through a movie in a theater without checking it, let alone watch a movie at home. I always miss something important because I’m too busy on Twitter. The only time I don’t check my phone inappropriately is when I’m driving (because I’m now paying big bucks for my car and I’ve seen way too many terrifying commercials). Not worth it. I also don’t check it in actual serious situations like meetings or in a hospital. Things along those lines.
We live in a day of age where everything is documented on social media. Everything. You can tell all your friends where you are and who you’re with by checking in on Facebook, you can show them what you’re doing by posting it to your snapchat story, or share what song you’re listening to by tweeting the lyrics. It’s kind of hard to have any privacy these days.
I saw a picture online recently that kind of inspired me. It was a huge group of people, mostly younger, who all had their phones out snappy pictures and taking videos. Every single person had their phone out, except for an elderly woman at the front. She was just there, watching, enjoying the moment.
It’s hard to have a black and white opinion on this, and I definitely don’t. Smart phones are so convenient for paying online bills, staying in contact with loved ones, checking emails, etc. It’s also so nice to literally have your whole life on this little piece of technology. But I do think there is a line between convenience and unnecessary use, and my own problem is the line being verrryyyy blurry.
I want to take pictures and be able to post them and have something to keep forever, but I want to also actually have a memory that wasn’t viewed through my phone screen. Like I always say, what’s really important is balance.
I also need to be careful about having my phone out when I am with company. I want to spend as much time as I can with my loved ones and I can’t very well do that with my phone in my face.
I’m going to try not to be so dependent on my phone and not worry so much about what everyone else is doing. So if you see me paying more attention to my phone than the people around me, make sure to hit me or something. You have my permission. (;