Does Smart Phone Focus Make You Selfish?
Selfishness exists in the U.S. in one major way: people are absorbed into their smart phones and rarely look up. Now why do you think I label looking down at a smart phone as selfish? I label this as selfish because looking down at one’s smart phone makes one less aware of what is going on in the world around them. At worst it is self-absorbed.
Now I will admit there was a time when my go-to move in public was to kill time by diving into my smart phone or tablet. I don’t do that any longer or at least I try to not do it the majority of the time.
It is interesting to be out in public and not use your smart phone. You will notice that the vast majority are walking around while looking down. Many are watching videos or checking their status on social media, but still, they are looking down and not paying attention to the real world.
I wonder what the long-term effects will be of raising a generation who are obviously addicted to technology? Will humans turn out to be like the humans in Wall-E? I not sure what the impact will be, but I am certain it isn’t entirely healthy.
I enjoy people watching. I enjoy looking up and seeing other humans.
I think people need a reminder to look up. I have begun to leave my phone at home or in my car when I don’t need it. I do not place it on the table when eating. I am beginning a slow disconnect from it when I don’t have to have it on me. And I feel better when I don’t have it on me at all times.
It feels good to be disconnected if only for a few minutes.