What happened to writing weekly schedules down in a calendar? What happened to having actual, face-to-face, conversations or meetings with people? What happened to keeping personal thoughts to yourself?
Smart phones, that’s what’s happened.
We have become so addicted to our smart phones, it seems impossible to live a meaningful life without them. Charlene deGuzman, who wrote and starred in her short film, ”I Forgot My Phone,” depicts how much our personal technology has become a central part of the human way of life.
Smart phones have allowed us to enter our schedules into our phones, hold skype meetings from two different countries, and publish their personal lives in 140 characters or less whenever they want. But the question is: Is it for the better? Is this generation better than older generations?
Better than other generations, in some ways, yes. In other ways, however, I’d prefer to be a part of an older generation. One that would allow me to communicate with others and not have to worry about it ending up on twitter or facebook. I’d like to go out without having my friends constantly taking “selfies” to post on Instagram and wait to see how many they get in a matter of 2 minutes. I’m not going to preach and preach about how much this dependency bugs me, because I fall victim to allure of smart phones myself.
If you went to scroll through my iPhone, you’d find 15+ social apps, 50+ photography apps, 7 games, 4 pedometers, 2 calorie trackers, and 10 mobile shopping apps. I don’t use all of these on a constant basis, but you can bet I scroll through my twitter and facebook newsfeeds at least three times a day and update at least once a day, whether it be a meaningful post or just some random song lyrics.
Cell phones, no doubt, are helpful in so many ways such as accessing online homework assignments on the go, and looking up needed facts in a matter of seconds, just by pressing a button and asking Siri to find it for you. Even with these perks, there are still downsides to advancing cellular technology.
It is true, our generation is lazy. Teenagers now would rather hop on Pinterest or Twitter rather than hopping on a bike to go for a nice ride down to a nearby beach or park. We’d rather sit on the computer playing video games than enjoying a beautiful day with the family pet or friends.
If we’re not careful, we’ll become too dependent on our smart phones, that we’ll lose our own smart, and let technology do all of the thinking for us. Why? Because we’re lazy and we can.
There are those who are motivated to continue work on technology, but then there are those who wait for the new technology to come out, and until that happens, they sit, and wait.
Over-sharing personal information, loss of schedules because of internal crashes, and lost time wasted on pointless games can all be attributed to Smart Phones.
So now I pose the question: Are these devices really smart, or have we just become so dependent on them that we think of it as one brilliant device? Should we be this dependent? How far is too far?
Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear your opinions.