We live in a fast-paced narcissistic world. If we aren’t trying to find the quickest way to get something done, we’re obsessed with capturing the perfect photo to post on our social media pages. Our phones dictate our lives. Think about it. When was the last time you were able to put your phone down for more than an hour?
Our eyes are constantly glued to our smartphone screens. Companies know this and, therefore, center their marketing campaigns on digital marketing and app creation. I found it intriguing that Nintendo has seen a tremendous spike in profits since the launch of its new smartphone game Pokemon Go. You can read more about their success here. The fact that people have become consumed with trying to catch these imaginary Pokemon characters on the streets amuses me. They must look like a bunch of mad people! The immense success of the game proves the point that our smartphones play a tremendous role in our lives.
The smartphone obsession brings with it a myriad of consequences. These consequences could have detrimental effects on the future of human society. Yes, we’re making significant advancements in technology, but at what cost?
Youth Have Poor Social Skills
Human interaction has boiled down to sending messages with cute emoticons on What’s App or Facebook Messenger. It has also boiled down to expressing ourselves using 140 words on Twitter and commenting on people’s photos on Instagram. Quality human interaction is slowly declining. Think back to the early 90s when we had no choice but to go outside and play with the children in our communities. We would talk on the phone for hours, but we would also link up regularly and have fun with each other’s company. Living in that type of world allowed us to appreciate people more and communicate better. Things are different now.
More of Us Have Difficulty Sleeping
Let me let you in on a little secret. All of your electronic gadgets mess with your brain when it’s time to sleep. Studies have shown that the blue light emitted from mobile devices tricks the brain into thinking it’s time to wake up when you’re actually trying to fall asleep. So checking your messages or reading that e-book before you sleep can lead to a very restless night.
It’s Hard to Slow Down and Take a Break
Our smartphones make us easily accessible. Those late night emails from your office now come directly to your phone. Clients on freelancing websites can contact you at any time of the day using the site’s app. We’re always plugged in and always on the move. This fast-paced mentality results in little attention being paid to the simple things in life. It’s what helps break up families and causes stress-related diseases.
Smartphones have numerous upsides. However, we cannot neglect the fact that they are doing a lot to disrupt the framework of society. We have to teach the younger generation how to strike a balance between smartphone usage and quality interactions. Don’t let the smartphone consume your life.