“There is something in the now, with our cell phones, and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated.”
This topic came up for me not too long ago.
I was watching a video about successful people such as Denzel Washington and Simon Sinek talking about how cell phones are changing society.
If you want to watch the video, click here.
So, that video made me want to ask you this question, with credit to Denzel Washington on this one:
Are you controlling your phone or is your phone controlling you?
Now, it’s okay if you use your phone, but you shouldn’t overdo it.
An example would be like staying up until 3 in the morning trying to catch up on Netflix or YouTube.
I have another question:
Instead of looking on other people’s products, why don’t you make your own?
Yes, your OWN!
Your own designs, your own creativity, and your own uniqueness.
Cell phones have made our society more consumer like.
In other words, just looking at what other people are doing and creating.
Okay, enough ranting, how about I give you the answer?
I personally think that we are being controlled by our cell phones!
And that’s because there are times when you just walk on the street or in a hallway when someone doesn’t even have decency to look you in the eye.
Or, when you’re having a conversation with someone, and it goes silent, then that person decides to pull their phone out in order to get rid of the awkwardness.
The crazy part is that it can only get worse, unless people become aware on how often they’re using their phone.
For those who aren’t aware, this is an addiction!
With social media increasingly boosting our attachment to our cellular devices, it’s going to be hard and take a while until people finally notice.
Studies show that the notifications we get from our phones are very similar to a high on drugs.
To help you understand it, why not look into the brain?
Our brains are wired to look towards constant validation, and that’s what social media sites and cell phones normally do for us.
They validate us when we’re in a bad mood, or when we feel lazy.
But, you don’t need other people’s validation, the only true validation you need is from within!
There are many issues with people overusing their cell phones, and now is the time for people to recognize this.
I want you to at least put your phone in airplane mode and hide it for a while.
You can hide it as long as you want, it’s completely up to you!
But, you have to at least put it on airplane mode so you can’t:
- Check your notifications – That’s the biggest reason why people are always on their cell phones.
- Spend hours checking the internet – Although not as big as the first one, this one is also a major reason why people are constantly on their phones.
It doesn’t have a due date, this is just for you.
Remember: DO IT!
We are at a time when we can access anything we want anytime.
The problem is how we are able to use it.
Are we able to use it with moderation, or are we going to let them control us?
And when I mean them, I mean the companies that create smartphones, and social media sites.
Just to let you guys know, I heard that social media companies hire attention engineers to make their sites more addicting.
Yeah. I know. Just take that in for a couple of minutes.
But, that’s business.
I understand that companies do that so more people can get their product.
So, I just want you to recognize the effects our cell phones can truly have on us.
They can be used for the good like they’re supposed to, or they can be used for the bad.
It’s your choice.
“Every time there’s a new tool, whether it’s Internet or cell phones or anything else, all these things can be used for good or evil. Technology is neutral; it depends how it’s used.”
Remember that you’re awesome!