Last night my LAN wasn’t working and I got some to spend some time with my family. They seem to be nice people. Yes, this is us. We don’t know our parents, our spouse, our neighbors, the person sitting next to us every day in the train because day in and day out, our heads are bent over our SMART PHONES, TABS and other gadgets.
There is no denying the fact that these things have made our life easy, free from boredom and have also made the world and it’s every dimension available to us with a single touch or click. You are new to a place, no worries!! Open the navigator!! Search where you want to go and you have it all in your hand. As simple as that!
Let’s go back to the time we didn’t have the navigators, what would have you done. You would have asked for directions, talked to the stranger sitting beside you, discover that little café in your neighborhood which you never knew existed and you would know a lot more places and routes you had never known. Sometimes, one has to get a little lost to find one’s way.
They have affected our health, our creativity, our personal lives and our relation with the world. 33% of people have admitted using their phones using their dinner dates. Instead of having your beloved’s hand in yours and your eyes in theirs, you are romancing your phones. There, we lose that personal touch. You may SNAPCHAT the whole day, but nothing compares to the feeling of being with each other. You live one block away from them and yet, it is a LONG-EST distance relationship. When did you last sit next to your mother and talk to her about her childhood or youth? We should learn from their experiences, but we are just too busy for that. When was the last time you saw leaves falling from that cypress, butterfly sitting on that lily and other marvels of Mother Nature.
The time we spending crushing sugars in Candy Crush, we could better use them for things more productive, more yielding. Kids, before us, used to draw, sing, dance, read and play outdoors in their free time. It is greatly feared that, we will soon fall short of the Beckhams, the Jordans, the Schumachers and the Tendulkars because all the gaming will go virtual and kids ditching school for a game will become a rare sight. With all the games and apps, we never get a chance to sit idle. No sitting idle, no daydreaming and no innovation.
Text Claw, Cell phone Elbow, iPosture, text neck, Computer Vision Syndrome, Nomophobia, Phantom Pocket vibration syndrome!! These are just few names of the new disorders which have arisen out of this new obsession over smart phones. You can Google them later.
Just stop checking your phone every minute, plan an outing with your people and leave your phones behind, take out your camera and head to the meadows, put on your running shoes, go dancing in the rain, read your favorite novel, look out of the train window, walk your dog in the park and let us all try to reach a balance between life and technology. Don’t just keep your head ducked in your phones, LOOK UP! You may miss on the beautiful PRESENT(Pun Intended).