In one shape or form, we are all most likely guilty of this – even I… the smart phone distraction.
It can be infuriating when you are on the other end of it, trying to have a conversation with someone and all of a sudden they are looking at their phone – texting someone else – and then look back up at you and say “huh? Sorry.” We all feel this constant need to pull it out – to check email, to text, to see if there is something interesting happening RIGHT NOW. What ever happened to the good old days of people actually having face to face conversations? So why is it that we find our cell phones so fascinating? Is it because at one point in time the thought of having a mini hand-held computer was something out of this world? Now years later we have a society that is filled with people who aren’t paying attention while they are walking down the street because they can’t pull themselves away from their cell phone screen.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not an anti-smart phone person, I love my smart phone! But there is a time and place for everything, including your phone. They can help make a long journey by air, on a train or bus tolerable. They are also good to have when you are lost regardless of if you are in a car, bike, bus, or on foot. Also a great source for information and education.
All I am saying, is when you are out with your friends, family, significant other, when you’re in church,… put the phone away! There is no need to check facebook in the middle of dinner, and that text message can wait until later, lol. It’s rude to just pick up your phone and start reading text messages in the middle of someone talking to you… and your friends and family didn’t come to hang out with you just to sit there and watch you play on your phone all day! Everything has its use and the usage must not be abused. Interestingly, some do not know how to make use of their smart phones. All they use it for is to connect to social media. Your phone is built for so much more! For example, if you need to know or find out the meaning of something or a word, you can just google it! Anyway, that’s a topic for another day.
Please give your eyes rest, spend time with your friends and family, have conversations with them away from an illuminated screen.
Enjoy the rest of your week.