Tethered to Our Devices

We’re consumed with the need to stay plugged in. It’s an addiction that remains to be named. We limit ourselves to view life through the middle man of the television, laptop or phone screen.

Woman zoned out on her phone
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

No longer can we stay focused on one thing for long, we watch something but are checking our phones at the same time. Even while having a conversation we half listen to someone and then take a quick glance at our notification screen.

We need to look up and become well-rounded again, look at life through the original orbs that are our eyes.

We’ve become squares in a hemispheric world.

Everything doesn’t have to be viewed from the perspective of whether it is sharable or not. We feel pressured to stay connected for fear of missing out.

We don’t want to be the odd man out or the person who doesn’t understand the jokes or memes.

There is the need to stay charged and always available to be reached in the event that something is happening. If you sit and watch for a while in the airport you will see people making a mad dash to find an outlet to charge their phone.

They often are pretzeled or sitting in the most awkward of positions just to get recharged.

We’re tethered to these electrical devices, and missing out on reality.

Two phones sitting on a table plugged into chargers
Photo by Steve Johnson on Pexels.com

Apple now has the option to view screen time on your devices but many people opt out of it in order to avoid viewing the truth.

When you see that you spent an average of at least six hours a day on your phone, it becomes harder to deny you are addicted. Step away from the devices even when you aren’t sleeping, and you’ll find that life is still worthwhile.

Those magical moments that happen don’t always have to be shared, they can just stay in your memory.

Do you want to remember a concert by your favorite artist through the recording on your phone? or from the feeling of you dancing and being the one person to catch their eye because your face wasn’t covered by the phone?

The charging cable has become our new umbilical cord.

digital drawing of fetus with an umbilical cord attached

It’s time to cut the cord.

©JustTalkingShep 2019

Published by justtalkingshep

I am a visually racially ambiguous, bespectacled, naturally curly haired and eccentric female blogger. I believe in female empowerment, the dismantling of systems of injustice, the destruction of labels, and self-love.

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