Are we addicted to our phones?
I’ve been hearing more and more stories about people getting killed because they were driving and texting, both drivers and pedestrians.
I can barely use a smartphone and talk, let alone walk and text, so DRIVING and texting is beyond my comprehension and scope of capabilities.
(No smart cracks here please)
WHY IS TEXTING SOCIALLY-ACCEPTABLE BUT READING A BOOK IS NOT?
I know people liken it to those who read while walking, but can you imagine how ridiculous it would be to be reading a book while driving?
Not looking at the road?
Or only glancing up occasionally?
I can’t remember the last time I saw someone reading a book and walking (or even holding an e-reader and walking).
IT IS COSTING OUR LIVES AND RELATIONSHIPS
I really feel like we’re addicted to our phones, and not only is it costing our physical lives, but our social relationships as well.
I cannot tell you how many times I see groups of people (or couples) clearly sitting together, but texting or tapping away on their phones instead of talking to each other.
Back to the book analogy, can you imagine just reading a book instead of talking to your friend over coffee?
I admit to whipping out the phone once in a while to check emails, see what’s happening on Twitter and so on… but I don’t do it during times when I am talking to a real, live, human person.
I’ll only check my phone (rarely) but if there is a half hour to an hour wait for something like a doctor or a dentist.
If I NEED to use it for directions or to find a place to eat some fast sushi, then yes, I’ll walk to a side, stop, and start searching.
I simply can’t walk and type.
What did we ever do before we had smartphones? Let’s do THAT.
It is just not worth our lives. It’s a stupid behaviour.
NO MORE SMART PHONES FOR ME
Incidentally, I’ve already gotten rid of my smartphone, and a cellphone altogether, and saved myself just about $2100 or more.
Do I miss it?
For one thing yes, it was very convenient to check ALL my email addresses with one little sync.
Otherwise, no. Not really.
SHERRY TURKLE: CONNECTED, BUT ALONE?
What a wonderful video from TED on exactly this issue.