You spend every waking hour with each other. You can’t keep your hands off of them. You can’t stop looking at them. You see the world with each other, or even just the local club. You even sleep with each other. They know every little thing about you, no secrets barred. No, I’m not talking about your partner or best friend, I’m talking about your phone.
That’s right, the percentage of mobile phone users in the UK alone was up to 93% as of 2015 with 66% of users owning a smartphone and it’s increasing. Why is this a bad thing? It’s not, however we’ve yet to learn the risks of having one.
It is ruining your life
Look back even as little as 10 years ago. Sure, phones were around and gaining popularity quickly but this was pre-iphone with the release of the first generation popping up in 2007. For those lucky enough to own one back then we’d spend a bit of time on ‘Snake’ when bored. I even remember a ‘smartphone’ which I was amazed let me go onto Microsoft Word and tune into the TV. Nowadays we have everything we could ever need on our phones (I’m even writing this on mine!). Whether it be a quick Snapchat to a friend or a glimpse of the latest nonsense on Facebook.
The problem is that this isn’t what the majority of us do, I’m also guilty for it at times. What was a quick Snapchat to a friend has become an endless battle of who can send the last photo – which will inevitably just be the same recycled selfie with a different caption under it each time. What was a quick glimpse on Facebook has turned into scrolling down as far as you can and finding yourself looking at your friend’s mutual friend’s, friend’s girlfriend’s dog’s auntie before you realise you’ve burnt the food you had been cooking – three hours ago.
Really, it’s ruining your life
Remember last weekend when you went over to your friend’s house and ignored each other for 4 hours minus the occasional ‘hey, look at this video’. I’m sure it was a great day all round. One of the largest problems with smartphones is the impact on our social lives whether we notice it or not. We’ve all been in a situation where we stick a film on for a friend to watch and when it reaches a really awesome part you look over for their reaction to find a small light glaring into their zombified eyes as of their crotch has turned into a lightbulb – if you haven’t been in that situation you were probably the friend so congratulations on the mutated genitals.
Friendships these days, for the most part revolve around our smartphones. We feel the need to document everything we do to our friends on our phone no matter how personal or uninteresting. As our social skills are increasing in our online persona they’re falling at the seams in person no matter how interesting we may come across via social networking and only we as individuals can stop it.
No really, it’s ruining your life
If phones had been brought to existence hundreds of years ago we’d have Thomas Edison tweeting his miraculous discovery of the lightbulb, Alexander Fleming taking a Snapchat holding his new found penicillin and the Suffragette’s making a Facebook group to gain interest in their issues with voting and equality. Or would we? I’ve noticed that in my personal life I’ve wasted away many hours staring into a small screen with one brain cell functioning and honestly, it’s stopped me reaching a potential intelligence and creativity I could’ve had. We spend so much time mindlessly playing freemium games or making a status about how drunk we were when that time could go towards an actual hobby or learning something new. This isn’t to say that we should stop using our phones, it’s way past that and besides everything mentioned they are a good source of news and keeping in touch with loved ones. What I do suggest is rather than your life revolving around your phone, it might be good to cut the hours of consumption down to be something other than a creature that grunts when asked a question.