Are smartphones making us less connected?
Technology has been an important advance in recent years, you can now chat with someone on the other side of the world by message or video. We can see what our friends are doing in real time.
Our phones are gradually turning into mini computers on which we can watch a movie, listen to music, play games, go on the internet, all this outside the main functions of a mobile phone of course.
With the rise of new technologies, daily life has been transformed, new professions have appeared and social networks have taken an important place in life but also in work, especially in the marketing sector.
All information is available in real time the second you ask yourself the question, just pick up your phone and type your question on Google.
In many aspects technologies bring us closer together, we communicate much more than before in terms of messages on networks or other. It is also advantageous to be permanently connected and available for people who want to be.
The important thing is to use the internet and technology in an intelligent and adequate way because it is true that being able to find all the information you want is very advantageous.
Some are also sceptical about the technology. Indeed, if we can believe from a certain point of view that they bring us closer together, which is not totally false, they can also drive us apart.
Being constantly on the phone isolates us, the first thing we do in the morning is look at our messages, emails and social networks.
Even during festivities, events you will see most people take out their phone and take pictures, videos. This doesn't allow you to live in the moment and be aware of the world and the people around you.
At work you are often on your computers, in the transports on your phones, at home you watch TV, with friends you often watch your phone. In short, the screens follow you everywhere, all the time and are an integral part of your daily life.
Social networks are the best example of social isolation, the principle being to show your life, your travels, your outings, your best clothes to impress people, whether you know them or not.
Some people have even made it their business, showing off their lives and giving advice on clothing or even sometimes food, and have seen their fame soar and surrounded themselves with millions of people on networks they don't even know but to whom they entrust the smallest details of their lives.
Which creates isolation from family, friends, real life. Their job of taking high quality photos takes time, involvement and sometimes encroaches on moments when the telephone has no place.
Think that the life of others is not better, more beautiful or more interesting than yours, it is important that you realize that you waste more time observing the lives of others, people you don't even know, than you do living your own life. Be attentive to the world, it will be more rewarding than the last bag that costs the price of a house than buying Nabilla.
On a daily basis you can see for yourself that you are afraid to be alone on the street without your headphones to show people that you are not really alone, not really available for contact.
Headsets and the telephone are reassuring elements in transport, in the street because we don't feel like we're doing nothing. We are lost without an internet connection, we find ourselves facing our own thoughts and we don't know what to do, what to look at.
It is obvious that many times technology has cut us off from the world, we no longer take the time to enjoy the simple moments of life even when we are with our family we "scroll" our screen.
But we also cut ourselves off from the outside world, we don't create any contact with the people around us, in transport, in shops, relationships have become cold, distant, impersonal.
Studies show that social isolation is as dangerous to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Indeed, social isolation has been found to be closely linked to higher mortality rates.
Communicating, interacting with others is what makes us human, when despite being isolated, we have neurotic tendencies that are a normal reaction to going against our original nature.
Not to mention the danger of looking at your phone without paying attention to the environment around you, whether you are walking or driving, this carries a very high risk of accident.
Technologies are historically thought to be harmful to health because they send waves to our body that may lead to the creation of cancer, which is why it is important not to fall asleep with your phone close to your head and do not put it in your pockets near your genitals. There is no strong scientific evidence but there are thought to be some links.
Limit the amount of time you spend on your phone every day, know how to disconnect when you're going through important moments like being with your family.
You can also give yourself a day when you decide not to use your phone, you can keep it with you in case of an important call but nothing else.
You can also find new interests, group sports activities, creative activities, cooking workshops, the options are more and more numerous to find activities that we are passionate about.
Go for a walk, take a bike or go hiking, connect with nature, with the world, open your eyes to its beauty and all the things you don't do when you're on your phone. So while it certainly allows you to see the most beautiful places in the world if you can't afford to travel, the beauty of nature can be everywhere, sometimes right next door to you in places you've never taken the time to discover.
Accepting the invitations that are offered to you, even reluctantly, you will often be surprised. In the same way as a day without a phone you can organise a "yes" day where everything that is offered including a language exchange is accepted.
Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer
- 17 Feb, 2020
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