Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary. Being married 15 years (especially when you get hitched at 19), is most definitely something to celebrate. We had a rare night alone, with dinner and a cool hotel room. I declared that there would be no laptops or iPads allowed. Aww … a technology-less night! Uh, not so much. We still brought out phones.
I didn’t think anything of it. I mean, I document everything with my phone, like many people. Today, a friend posted this video, and my mind started spinning.
This is so me. I am guilty as charged. I spend TOO much time on the phone.
I see it as documenting life. But then again, I’m not always in documentation mode. There is the looking at Facebook, the texting, Pinterest, the hearting photos on Instagram, that Candy Crush addiction. Okay — I see my problem.
Obviously, I am not the only one with this issue. Just do this. Look at the cars next to you the next time you are at a stop light. Most likely there will someone on their phone. If they aren’t on their phone, possibly their passengers are on the phone.
Are we missing out on life by viewing life through the phone? A large part of me says YES. There is something about human connection, in person rather than digitally…
Then there is another part of me saying, this is the new new. Not that it’s right — it’s just how we have evolved. Is my phone making me a better person? Yes, in some ways. No, in many others.
While it may be a wee bit overboard, the video draws home a reality.
What do you think — Are we way too obsessed with our phones? Or is this the new normal?