Cell Phones: A Blessing or a Curse?

By Brooke Harrington, Opinion Writer

Just sit and take a moment. Try to take a moment for yourself. Calm, cool, collected you finally feel alone. Until your Apple Watch buzzes with text messages, your Fitbit tells you that you have 3,000 steps to go for the day, and your phone starts ringing. Technology has inherently become imbedded into daily life as the world has become accustomed to using technology for every daily task. Text messages sweep phones at a million miles a minute, phones ring off the hook, and now more technology such as smart-watches are becoming a part of everyday life. But if you take a step back and look around, is all this time spent with technology beneficial to human life?

We now live in a world filled with constant attachment. Attachment to apps such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Attachment to the latest news and stories about what is going on in the world. And also, attachment to people. Instant communication that we get from our cell phones is convenient and helpful, however it creates a reality where the conversation never really ends. Social skills are becoming extremely diminished as countless text messages can be sent back and forth 24/7. People run out of things to say and become redundant, and conversation is beginning to lose its meaning. Relationships with people have become dated and boring, as people do not know what to say to each other and things become redundant, simply because the conversation never ceases. Technology is also making communication hard, as one does not even need to speak with someone to know what is going on in their life. Instagram and Snapchat stories are now a window into other people’s lives. All one needs to do is simply click on a story or the Snap Map to know what someone is doing rather than have to have a conversation about it. Our lives are entirely posted online and yet people still try to think that conversation will flow and that life will be easier because someone may know everything about you. But that is simply not the case.

Talking to someone on the phone or face to face has definitely become harder for people. We are so accustomed to speaking through messages to people behind a screen that we do not realize that talking in real time becomes nerve racking. Meeting people has become even harder than talking, as now people are so used to becoming comfortable through messages on a screen, rather than being able to introduce oneself in person. We have lost social skills, manners, and expect everything to be delivered to us as fast as the internet does, which is simply a false reality. This not only comes from cell phones. Apple Watches for example allow us to text even without a cell phone. The smart watch is an embodiment of how technology has literally now become a part of human life. We live it, we work with it, and we even wear it.

However, technology is one of the most beneficial things this world has ever seen. It is simply amazing and has changed the world. But there are times when one needs to take a step back and see that technology may have become too apparent. Wireless headphones lead us to not listen to the regular world, Fit Bits track our steps and make sure that we are moving, and Snapchat leads people to watch moments through a screen rather than with their own eyes. Ever have those times when you are trying to take that perfect Snap Story and realize you have missed witnessing something so awesome with your own eyes? Technology simply cannot capture the world like a human being can. Ever try to take a picture of the moon? It just simply doesn’t add up to what life is like when we simply live it.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 13th print edition.

Contact Brooke at

brooke.harrington@student.shu.edu

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