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.
We’ve become squares in a hemispheric world.
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 can 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.
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 are pretzeled or sitting in the most awkward of positions just to stay on the phone.
We’re tethered to these electrical devices, and missing out on reality.
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.
It’s time to cut the cord.