Living Life Through Your Phone?Posted: 18th of December 2014 by
Sometimes we all need to look up. Not necessarily up into the sky, but up from our mobile phones. If you are the sort of person who checks their phone just before they go to bed, and again first thing in the morning you probably already know what I mean. Whether you are texting friends, checking social media and emails, or just playing a game to kill a few minutes, we are all more tied to our phones than ever before. Just take a look around you the next time you are out in public – it won’t take long for you to see someone using their mobile phone in some capacity. It has become an everyday part of normal life, and that is fine. Technology is a great tool, and the mobile phone has revolutionised how people around the world live their lives. However, there is a dark side to this constant connectivity.
While factors such as online bullying have become an issue with the increase in how we connect online, there is also a real fear that we are so intent on looking at our screens that we miss what is going on around us.
If you have ever been to a concert and been surrounded by people watching the performance through their mobile phone screens as they record the show, then you will know what I mean. Rather than taking in the atmosphere and just enjoying the experience, a lot of people seem more concerned with getting footage. While your hand-held recordings can be shown to friends, either to let them share the experience or to show off that you were there, the results are rarely impressive. Rather than making a third-rate recording, why not just take a picture or two and enjoy the show? Your memories will be better for it.
This is just one example of how people seem to be letting life pass them by as they focus on their online lives. Another is those people who seem to want to show the world their ‘perfect’ lives. You know the ones – always posting selfies of their ‘wonderful’ holiday, that great party, or any other enviable situation.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating your life and good fortune with others, but it becomes a problem if you forget to actually enjoy yourself. Heading out to places and then spending all your time taking pictures of how much ‘fun’ you are having is not having fun at all! It is a part of celebrity culture that has begun to spread to everybody else.
To put it another way, people get irritated when celebrities harp on about their great lives, where they have been, and who with. So what makes you think your pictures will have a different effect?
Sure, if something is funny, momentous, or genuinely interesting, then post it. But, as for that ‘lovely hot chocolate’ you are treating yourself to?
We really don’t care – just put the phone down and enjoy it!
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