I gave a thought of writing the very first post on this particular topic and and decided to ask a sensible friend about it and, Amrita C, 27, US – says “oh I cant live without my phone, I would be lost”, the instant and impulse reaction.
2 weeks ago, When I had the first time of bearing the real world without my Smartphone.
and yes, it was tough. I go to phases in life when I just want to isolate myself from people.
and its time again. Though I’ve been known to be this girl who likes to be in focus all the time, I still
love to have my own sanctum. And that’s how I exactly felt when i first thought of switching the damn thing OFF!
Not for a couple of hours but for days. And so I did, I actually switched my phone off, but believe me,
a few minutes later, i started feeling edgy. I started getting anxious. And so I thought maybe I should switch it on
and just get rid of all the easy mode of communication, and that’s the instant messaging apps.
I uninstalled every single messaging app. I somehow managed to stay away from these apps for a week but I have to admit that i terribly missed those apps.
I dint really care who must have tried contacting me through this app but I just felt so incomplete without it. Its like these apps sorta say “install us, because we want you to get addicted”
And the mission is accomplished in no time.
Heck, I don’t even remember the last time I actually read a book. No, I read everyday but I think its been 2 months that I actually held a book in my hand.
A book with pages. Book made of paper. I found myself buying books online. And when I entered Crossword with a friend the other day… I realized how distant I had become from the real world.
I had almost forgotten that I can physically go out, buy a book, sit in a coffee shop and hang out with myself.
The other day I hit the gym WITHOUT my phone. I decided to do that because I see people working out WITH their cell phones. I was shocked.
I see people on treadmill, talking on the phone. I see people cycling, texting the entire time… and even when the management plays pretty okay songs,
most of them still want to listen to the music on their phone.
and I was totally ridiculed with that. I never carry my phone with me when I work out but as soon I am done, the first thing I do is, check my phone.
So, the day I decided to leave the phone at home, after I left the gym and went out with a friend, I sat in the car feeling anxious and even found myself having a physical reaction to the fact that
I did not have my phone with me. I felt restless and sick.
But that is when I actually felt scared. Why on earth do I feel naked without a cell phone? Why do I get this “out of place” feeling without this small piece of technology?
And then I remembered all the times when i was so much into my phone that I dint care about the people around me.
I remember when I was meeting some friends at home after a long time, There were 4 of us, and My Dad was passing by the room and he suddenly stopped, I looked at him
wondering what made him stare at us and he said “look at you guys! all 4 of you meeting after weeks or months and everyone has a cell phone in hand not talking to eachother”
He was amused and shocked at the same time, and to be honest so were we. We had friends right next to us and we were still busy with our phones. Well, to be precise 3 of us had phones in our hand and one friend was busy surfing the net on laptop. But that’s again technology and the sight was insane.
But unfortunately, that realization dint last for too long. Because even like a month ago I met my BFF and we dint really have much to talk. I also feel checking your cell phone is contagious, I’ve noticed when one person checks their phone it makes the other person do the same.
This point is illustrated clearly in the YouTube video “I forgot my Iphone”, an exaggerated but exact reflection of our current social behavior
They say “Our phones fall, we panic. Our friends fall, we laugh.”
And i guess its time we ask ourselves
“Have we let this Phone/Smartphone addiction go too far? and How and when is it going to stop?”
Otherwise soon enough we would all just be emotionless retards with technology ruling us.
I would like to know your thoughts on this. Do you feel dependent or addicted to phones? What steps can we take to resolve our addiction?