A few years back, my daughter and I went to Six Flags. We spent the day going in and out of the water park so we rented a locker for our stuff. Including our phones. We had a great time! It was a little cloudy that day, so the park wasn’t very crowded and the lines were not as long. There were posters everywhere advertising the special Six Flags soda cup you could buy for some ridiculous price. I can’t totally remember but it was like if you bought the $20 cup, soda refills were only $3 or you could buy the $40 cup and soda refills were free. That is nuts to me, but anyway…. Literally EVERYONE had this cup except us. Every ride at Six Flags has a numbered cup holder near the cubbies where you can put your stuff and every cup cubby had like 10 or more cups in it. (On a day that was not very busy.) So all day, everywhere we looked, there were people staring at their cell phone screens drinking out of their crazy huge expensive soda cup. At one point when we were near the front of the park, they had a very mono toned man make an announcement on the loud speaker to ‘Hurry and get your Six Flags soda cup’ As, the announcement was happening and everyone around us was on their cell phones not speaking to each other, sipping their soda….. I started screaming to my daughter “We are in WALL-E!” I just wanted to get out of there!! (Anyone who HAS NOT seen WALL-E, It’s an animated film about the what the future could be like) See a clip HERE.
Don’t get me wrong, I think technology is great. I actually don’t know how we could ever go back to a time where we couldn’t bring our phone with us. And hello… the internet is amazing. Remember a time when we couldn’t look up any answer the second we thought of the question?? Omg, we used to have to go to sleep thinking and thinking and wondering…. Maybe look it up at the library or ask real live people. Now most of us have a phone that’s basically a little computer and we keep it real close, all.. day… long…
It makes me sad when I take my kids out to eat and we look around and people are on their phones and not talking to each other. Why have friends or a family if you don’t want to enjoy every minute you can with them? Read THIS interesting article where they link customer complaints in a restaurant to cell phone use. Stop using your phone and look at the menu. Stop taking pictures of your food and eat it. Crazy idea, eh?
Phones are also being linked to health issues whether you’d like to believe it or not. I just read an article about a group of students who placed trays of seeds near wifi routers and other places. The trays near the wifi routers did not grow. Yup. Read about that HERE. Now, think about how many people sleep with the cell phone near their head.
Also there are many many articles you can read about how technology is the reason why time feels like it’s going by really fast. Ask someone who doesn’t use a smartphone or a computer if they feel like time is speeding past them. Read more about that HERE.
I am absolutely not saying I never use my phone. Of course I do, it’s a smartphone also.
What I am saying is, I don’t have it glued to my hand 24/7. When I’m having a meal with my family, we put our phones away. When you are at a restaurant with your family, put your phones away. When you do, you will see how we are living in a WALL-E world and you will really start becoming more mindful of your phone habits. You can do it. I have faith in you. Put down your phone and talk to your friends and family with your face and your real voice. Play an actual board game with real people. Go bowling, go to the beach, blow bubbles, lay in the grass and look for shooting stars. Go to the beach, walk around the mall, volunteer your time to help someone in need.
Don’t let the last thing that’s said about you be:
“Wow, she like really loved her cellphone.”