I should start this honestly by saying that I, like many others, adore having a mobile phone. The sleek elegant look of my shiny iPhone and all of the entertaining apps that it carries. This phone, is one of my greatest worries. A device that I turn to for communication, education, and inspiration. A device that I give more attention to than most other things. While I am often distracted by it, I sometimes grasp a chance to wonder what it would be like if I didn’t have it.
I assume that if I didn’t have my phone, I would be much more independent. I would know exactly how to use a map with confidence. I would be less involved with social media, meaning that I would be more involved with the people directly around me. I would get a feeling of peace from real, alive, nature rather than artificial “peace” from photos of nature. I would get inspiration from endless hours at the library with my nose in books rather than from the apps on my screen.
Out of all of these things that come to mind, one of the most alarming questions that I ask myself is “who are we becoming because of our technology?” The answer that I come up with is “Sleeping beauties.”
“Sleeping” because of how involved we are in connecting with people online, while we are literally disconnected from the reality around us. “Beauties” because we always make sure to look glamorous. Glam that is not for ourselves or for the people around us but for the fact that there is always a chance we will need to take a selfie, and of course we MUST look glamorous for that.
Of course I want to say that the solution is to completely cut ourselves from modern communication, and go back to how it was done 20 years ago but I have to be real. That probably wont happen. So I place my hope and effort in replacing my phone with life. I have set goals for myself to read books more often than I read information online, and experience nature