Smartphones/ Social Media are very useful to us under many situations. However, they have occupied our existence so much that we are immersed in digital lives be it in dining room, drawing room, bedroom, outdoors, functions, parties,events. We have developed an intimate relationship with our phones. We sleep with them, eat with them and carry them in our pockets. We check them, on average, 47 times a day — 82 times if you’re between 18 and 24 years old.

Smartphones have got in the way of our relationships and we lose manyprecious moments  unique that are neverto be lived again. Our  phone is alwaysin hand as if it were to be some magic tool protecting us from  the evils in this world. We  have assumed that our mobile alerts /notifications are  more important nomatter what and we get unreasonably anxious when we put out phones away .

We no longer  see children/friends  playing out door games. Each one is glued to his / her respective smartphone. Young  mothers are immersed  in their smart phones,while  their children seek attention.Small precious moments  together are slipping away.

“A key to a healthy relationship is being present,” said James Roberts,author of “Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?”.When one partner constantly checks his or her phone it sends an implicitmessage that they find the phone (or what’s on it) more interesting than you.

What are the  ill effects  of excessive use of smartphones & social media ?

(A)    Verbal communicationbreakdown between couples,friends, siblings.(B) Shallow   and non urgent talks.(C)

Excessive exposure  of  personal life.(D) Selfish  and non-emphatic  behaviour.(E) Getting attached to thestrangers online.(F) Seek recognition and validity  from people  we don’t know.

May be, the  first step towards abetter  world, free of  smartphones/ social media, is  having AWARENESS & ACCEPTANCE that we have crossed  the  boundaries.

 We should ,

(A) Designate “no cell” zones in your home. (B) have a phone- free bedroom (24 X 7) (C) Keep phones off the table.When you’re eating at home or in a restaurant (D) Practice phone etiquette. Ifwe must look at your phone, announcing that we are doing so. “I am just checking the score/weather/playlist fortwo minutes,” shows courtesy and indicates to our partner  that our attention is shifting. 


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