ARE WE GETTING INTO A SHELL THROUGH OUR SMARTPHONES ?
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.