Cell phone on – world around you off
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I think we are all losing it. We are all on cell phone crack. “We” meaning the people who own a smart phone. Just last week I went to a Cub Scout ceremony where even parents missed their own children’s awards while they were checking out their social media stuff on their cell phones. It does not matter where you are this issue of us tuning the world around us off is rampant. From family outings when the phones are going around the table with funny or bizarre Youtube stuff being shown to going to restaurants and no one talks anymore because everyone (including the kids) is glued to their little screens. No one is safe. The little device seems to dictate when we pick it up and pay attention to it rather than the world that surrounds us.
This has got to stop. We are losing our connection to our worlds by being connected to it only electronically. What can we do?
- For one we can turn most push notifications and dingers and ringers off. We need to make the decision to look at the device – it should not be the device telling us that.
- Declare a cell free zone when we sit together at the table. At the restaurant switch them off and put them in the center of the table. Same for meals shared at home.
- Do not put the device in your bedroom. If for nothing else do not put it on your nightstand. Give yourself some space from being connected 24/7.
- Declare a cell phone free time during the day. For two to three hours just leave the phone function on, but nothing else.
I am not sure that we can speak of a medical condition as far as us being addicted to those mystical devices – yet. We are losing a bit of our human touch if we not at least curb the constant connection to the world and yet we may lose the connection to the people who mean the most to us.