I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
There’s a difference between using these electronics, and being glued to them. You don’t need to be walking around everywhere while looking more at your phone than what’s actually in front of you. Too many people have run into me, or nearly run into me because they were too busy looking at their phone than what’s in front of them. The internet can wait, that text can wait until you stop, or get to where you’re going. If it’s really important, than stop walking, move to the side, and do it.
Same goes for being with a group of friends at the mall, or restaurant together, and all of them are glued to their phones for the entire time together, barely saying anything to each other. Yeah, they may be texting other friends as well, but when out with a group of friends, is it really that important to be glued more to the screen of your phone, than actually talking to the physical people you’re with?
Not saying ignore your phone, or texting when out with people, but when you’re texting a person who is not there more than you are speaking to the person you are with, something’s wrong imo.