It’s a real question and before I hear you say, “No way!” think about it. How much time do you spend daily on your phone? It doesn’t have to be on social media and checking how many likes your last post got. How many times have you used your phone, especially when you are in public or in the presence of someone?
Do you believe that your phone is making you more anti-social? Are you more likely to have a conversation with someone who is not physically there rather than having them in the room? Worst, would you prefer having a conversation on your phone with someone else whilst you are at a party with your friends?
What does this say? Some would argue that it’s just the force of habit or they really don’t want to be there since they seemingly have no interest in what is happening. Is it though? Are we so connected to our phones that we don’t know how to function outside of the screen?
God bless the people who can actually disconnect!
With the ease of access to almost everything in a literal instant, it’s easy to just tune out of reality and plug into the world where you can connect with everyone at a mere swipe. Disconnecting is so important, I can’t even say once in a while, because sometimes people are so enthralled in their phones that they forget to function. They are so used to the routine of checking their social media, contributing to their Whatsapp groups, editing their pictures for their next post and sending a few emails. So much so, that they don’t really have the time to interact with the ‘outside world’.
Some may call this behaviour productive or are they hiding behind the excuse that they are getting so much done without the physical interaction? The phone takes them away from a world where interaction is necessary and you can see that many people are incapable of having meaningful verbal conversations.
I mean, this is not a one size fits all because not everyone is a ‘slave to their phone’, but it cannot be ignored that there is a growing trend. I just believe that if they perceive something is interesting then they will be more likely to engage in that activity. If they want to complete a task on their phone, play a game or chat with their friend in Chile, there is no reason why they would choose to talk with or have social interaction with someone in front of them if they are perceived as ‘boring’.
What are your thoughts and how do you think, we as a nation, can decrease the amount of time spent on mobile devices?
By Alexandra Daley