According to the Pew Research Center’s survey, 67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts or calls frequently, although their phone is not ringing or vibrating.
From when I was a kid, technology has progressed tremendously, from FaceTime, games, social media, internet, unlimited data, e-mail, etc. However, have you ever thought about how much your cellphone and social media has become an addiction and is harming our interaction with people? A couple of weeks ago, Instagram was down for about 14 hours and I believe it forced people to go talk to people, talk to their family to see how they’re doing, talk to strangers or go outside and play.
Often times, I’ll get on Instagram and watch people’s story and you see everyone out hanging with friends and recording everything to make it appear that they are having the best time ever, but how much of a good time are you having, if you’re literally on your phone recording every second and not actually enjoying the moment?
Not being on your phone or putting everything on social media and actually socializing with people can be fulfilling . When you’re surrounded by friends or in a social gathering, you can actually have a full conversation, get to know your friends and get to know people who you might have not connected with otherwise. Being on your phone, can exclude you from the conversation because you’re not taking in what’s happening around you and it can also can exclude whoever is around you. For me, whenever I go out with friends or on dates, I never take my phone out, because I’m interested in you and what you have to say!
I also believe that being on social media in social gatherings can increase depression. You see other people doing certain things or looking a certain way and your self-esteem dwindles. If you stay off the apps and close your phone, you won’t be so invested in other people lives but instead invested in your life and the fun that you’re having with your friends.
Being on social media, also makes your life too public. Yes, you’re in Paris with your friends and you guys are having an awesome night out, however we don’t need to know that. That gives someone ammunition to go to your apartment while you’re out of the country or a local to Paris to find out where you’re stay and try to rob you because they know you’re a local and out and about touring the city.
Above all, we should remember that there’s more to the world than our cellphones. We shouldn’t be afraid to put our phones down and miss out on what’s happening on that electronic thing and go out and have good genuine fun!