I will never forget what happened a few years ago. I was sitting in a room with my family, and my Grandmas flip phone began to ring, she answered it, and to my surprise my Grandpa was the one on the other end of the line, who was sitting right behind her.
Too often I have witnessed interactions with teachers, peers, and complete strangers, where they ignore one another, or simply lack the skills and resources to effectively communicate. Frankly, this is what society enables people to do. In fact, the average person checks their phone at least one-hundred and fifty times per day.
To say it simply, the digital age has gone too far. When phones first originated they served as a tool, one to improve the everyday American way of life. Moreover, phones were designed as an essential form of communication, to better enable people to do business, and enhanced society's everyday essential resources. All the while, in a productive and efficient manner.
For a long time, phones had a purpose, but now they are used as a social savior, toy, and a distraction from everyday life and responsibilities. They’re enabling people to be lazier, and to rely on technology more than anything else.
Over the years, as society has gotten increasingly more in their phones, they are setting themselves up to be taken advantage of. Moreover, with an excess of long-term exposure to sleep disorders, and in extreme cases, depression.
Although there can be many drawbacks to phone usage, they can be very beneficial when it comes to setting alarms, enhancing daily communication, and making life easier. My challenge, try and set your phone down, take a walk, or write a letter. Do something for yourself next time before you pick up the phone in this tempting, digital world.
My encouragement; the next time you feel the need to take out your phone, ask yourself the following questions:
Is it really worth it?
Am I using my phone for a purpose?
Is my phone usage, or technology time, affecting how I am managing my time?