Mobile phones are becoming a continuation of our bodies. They are forever glued to our hands and our eyes are always diverted towards the screen. Is it the fact that these smart gadgets are opening new realms and worlds through the net or are we just choosing to live our lives away from everyone? What amazing functionality have these mobile phones given us that they are taking over our thinking and daily relationships?
Let’s take the example of the calculator in the smart phone. Now for people who have I-phones you can imagine how easy it it to access the calculator and find out the answer you’re looking for, whether it’s 40 x 2 or 76213 x 761. It wouldn’t matter what the mathematical problem is, you are used to using the calculator on your phone that you have become dependent on it. I’m not sure whether or not school students today are required to actually use their brains to multiply, divide, add, and subtract or are they allowed to use their smart phones to help assist with these problems that, honestly, can be done in a shorter time period. Whether or not the development of their brains would be affected, I cannot say, I hope someone would actually conduct a study and we can find out 20 years from now how math actually helps/does not help us at all.
We used to have our friends’ phone numbers memorized, how many numbers do you know by heart? It’s so much easier to get your gadget (go-go-gadget) and press the name without even acknowledging that there’s a number stored or even realizing that if you’re put in a situation with a public phone you would have no idea what number to call (given that your phone’s battery is dead).
I am not against smart phones, I understand that they are helpful devices that can make our lives easier. An example of a great application is the maps that helps you get your location and find out how to get somewhere. Here conspiracy theorists will be glad to inform me of the dangers of smart phones and location services, having Big Brother watch, listen, and know where we are all the time. I doubt Big Brother cares where I buy my groceries, honestly, or when I talk about my day at work. Big Brother can probably listen to more important and interesting conversations that mine. 🙂
Relationships nowadays are being affected by the constant use of smart phones. When you’re with your mom, dad, husband/wife, sister, brother, and child, please have the decency to put the phone away. You do not need to see the latest trends nor do you need to hear the latest joke sent on your Whatsapp. You do not need to read the latest news about your favorite star nor do you need to look through the Instagram pictures of food, how to lose weight, latest fashion trends, or the bombardment of advertisements that just waste time. And no, you do not need to hear every single snap from our fellow bloggers; their lives only seems interesting because this is the part of their lives that they choose to show you.
So instead of watching other people’s lives, try living yours. Stop comparing your days to that of others, you don’t need to eat out everyday nor do you need to take pictures of your dinner if it’s just fish and chips. You do not need to hang on every single word coming from strangers because it’s not important. Think: what is important? Will I DIE if I miss out on today’s Snapchat? Is it your choice to watch someone’s day instead of living yours? What kind of relationship will we have with our friends and family if we are too busy to listen? How often have you put the phone down, kept it on silent, or stashed it away for a couple of hours just to spend time with others?
What matters most?
Who matters most?
Use your senses. Use your eyes to capture memories, you have enough pictures already. Live in the moment and cherish it in your heart. Be there for your child when he/she speaks to you; give them your undivided attention because they’re worth it. What use would pictures be when you’ve spent the last few years of your life using the smart phone instead of talking to your sick parent? What use would it be if you weren’t really there to hold their hands and look into their eyes? What use would it be if you aren’t saving and hanging onto every word they say? What use would it be if your husband/wife feels neglected because you choose to play your candy crush game before going to bed every night instead of talking about your fears and dreams while you hold each other?
Use your senses. Use your brains, accept your feelings, live your life and enjoy it.
What matters most? Who matters most?