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Put Down Today's Portable Technology?

By ideba | July 6, 2015

I went out for a relaxing dinner a few nights ago and couldn’t help but notice all of the tables around me with people on their cell phones or iPads. First, let me say that I myself am a Millennial. As a kid, I had a beeper and one of the first Nokia phones that came out. Although my parents gave into the technology that did not mean that we replaced dinner time with our cell phones. In fact, we were not allowed to have our cell phones at the table. This was family time. Time to talk about our day, how school was, how our sports teams are doing, what homework we had. It was time for us to catch up with each other. As I got older, I learned to become much more dependent on my phone. I can’t get in the car and drive somewhere (without getting lost) unless I am using Google Maps. I won’t remember anyone’s birthday unless Facebook reminds me. I might never see pictures of my friends’ children if they aren’t posted on Instagram. This is what the world is coming to. Without technology, we cannot operate as we did in the past. We rely solely on technology to communicate. What happened to actually having a good conversation face to face? I play on my phone, don’t get me wrong. But not the way I did a few years ago. I have really learned to appreciate a great conversation. I am now extremely disturbed when I see people that are on their phones at the table. After sitting in my living room with friends, and noticing that we were all on our phones, we have implemented a “no phone” rule. Spending time together talking and laughing is much more important than checking Snapchat.

A few days ago, I was sitting on a plane next to a couple with their infant. Each chair had its own individual television. Once the couple sat down, they immediately turned their TV screens off and entertained their child. In fact, they kept the screens off the entire flight and did not use a single electronic device throughout the three hour flight. I had to ask the couple if there was a reason why. It surprised me when their response was that they are trying to avoid introducing their child to technology at such a young age. They shared with me that they themselves had grown up without it and thought it was important for their child to learn that playing is to be done outside and not on a device. It is so true. As kids, we used to play kickball in the street and go to the beach on the weekends. None of which required a cell phone. Now, cellphone are attached to everyone from ages 5-105.

I appreciate technology and how it has evolved over time. I appreciate that I can keep in touch with my friends and family that are all over the world. What I find frustrating is how we let technology take away from the personal conversations and experiences that made us who we are today. Although I know you are reading this on a phone or computer, I encourage you to put it down and have a face to face conversation with your friends and family. After all, your phone might last longer than they do.

For some comedy, here are some illustrations that show how smartphones are ruining our lives. Enjoy! http://sharepowered.com/27-powerful-images-that-show-how-smartphones-are-ruining-our-lives/

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