Sunday, November 17, 2013

Living in a smart phone world…

The world is different than it used to be. I know, I know…times change, it happens, it’s the way things are…doesn’t mean I have to totally be in love with it. I am so thankful for the many advances in technology. Facebook has been a great way for me to keep in touch with far away friends and it has also lead me to many wonderful new ones. (My friend Kim even posted about how Facebook has helped her get through some difficult times.) Email and Skype have allowed me to stay connected to my family that is scattered across the states. Blogging has allowed me an outlet and a way to share our story with an infinite number of people. But then there’s the smart phone.

Ah the smart phone. I know the idea behind it is conceptually a great one but it has morphed into something more…something dangerous. Now instead of having a cell phone for emergency purposes people have cell phones that function better than their home computer never leaving them disconnected from the cyber world. Everywhere we go I see people with their phones in their hand. They aren’t even talking…their just staring at it like they are in a trance. It’s like the phone manufacturers made the them with a material that bonded with human skin on contact. Even the new commercial for AT&T shows that the people who just got their new iPhone can’t continue on with their daily tasks because they are so entranced by their new phone.

Recently we went out to dinner and a young couple sat near us both with their large smart phones in hand. They sat down and rather than putting the phones away they sat them right on the table next to their plates. After they ordered both of them proceeded to pick up their phones and do whatever it was they were doing on their phone not speaking a word to each other. So sad. This seem to be more the norm. Phones are never out of reach…ever. Then there are the kids with smart phones. That’s a whole different post.

You’re probably wondering what on earth brought about this post. This morning as I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this video….

Living in a cell phone world….

I know that not EVERY person with a smart phone is like this but I’m sure it’s easy to get sucked in and become distracted by them. Some days I admit that I think to myself it would be nice to have one so I’d have a way to take photos and post them without having to connect to the computer. Then I smack myself in the head and realize how much I don’t need one. I want to live in the moment and not live it through my phone. Yes, capturing those moments is sometimes fun…remember I often carry my camera around with me constantly snapping photos…but there’s a line that needs to be drawn. So many people are missing so much of what is happening right in front of them because they only see the world through the small screen of their smart phone. Please, I beg you, put the phone down for a day. Take a step back and see the world for all that it is. YOUR world…not the entire universe. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing.

(Disclaimer….I am not condemning any of you with smart phones. Heck, some of my good friends have smart phones. I’ve even been tempted by their lure as well. I’m just sharing my opinions on the subject. They are just that…my opinions…not judgments. xo)