I’ve read articles about millennials being attached to their phones and that the coming generations have it worse. Where did I come across these articles? While scrolling down my Facebook feed. They’re telling us about our “problem” but they sure aren’t helping the situation. We were growing up, playing outside when they decided to start making advancing shifts in technology. We were also the guinea pigs when it came time to test out these new products. It was pretty impossible to miss the wave of smartphones. So mentioning that these phones consume us, is like, okay, tell me something I don’t know.
Something that you guys don’t know, is that I’m getting better at living in the moment. What I mean, is that I am getting better at putting my phone down. Life is so much better when you experience it for what it is and not through the lens on your camera phone. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media like the next person. Shoot, Twitter is my 3rd party news source in the morning. But, all of your followers don’t need to know what you ordered for lunch or the dark club you’re dancing in (not that we can actually see the club anyway).
Leave some things for storytelling – for a great conversation. So that when you interact face to face there’s more excitement in what you say. As a listener, I feel it’s more interesting hearing about something for the first time instead of revisiting what you already posted on Instagram.
Sometimes before I post, I question myself, “What am I posting this for? What am I going to get out of posting this? A few likes, couple comments. Why am I so interested and invested in this application?”
Companies like Apple, are good at not letting us forget about our phones. I am #TeamiPhone, still I don’t need a new phone every 6 months. Another thing, I used to anxious to get my phone on a charger before it died, but now sometimes I don’t care. I’ll let it die and life still happens.
I read a quote once that said “The best pictures are the ones you don’t take.” There are so many pictures I should have taken but instead I was enjoying life. I wasn’t thinking about if my friends should see this or sharing it on my social media. I took it all in. It was for me, that moment was mine and it didn’t need to be shared.
It’s just good to put my cell down without feeling like I’m missing out on anything. It’s also important to have time for yourself and to get away from everything. Crazy, a handheld device can open up the world in a matter of seconds but even better that you can escape it whenever you want.