When was the last time you went out to dinner and simply sat and talked to your partner, friends or colleagues? When was the last time you sat on the beach and watched the waves crash against the sand? When did you last sit on your deck and listen to the birds in the trees?
Now think about this… when was the last time you checked your phone messages, emails, Twitter or Facebook?
Most people will respond to the above by saying, ‘I’m busy, I don’t have time to sit on the beach and watch the world go by” Or “I need my phone for work or for the kids to contact me during the day” and the list of excuses will just continue. That’s what they are, simply excuses, they may all be true and legitimate reasons, however they are excuses for why we need our phones in our hands or by our sides, 24/7. Do we need to check Facebook every half an hour? Some people would say yes, they may miss something important or that’s how they keep in touch with those around them. Again, all potentially true and legitimate reasons or justifications but what we’re doing is missing out on the “normal” day to day things in our lives, like social interaction with your colleagues, loved ones and friends or talking to your children about their day at school etc.
We are not suggesting for 1 minute that you should throw out your Smart Phones, that would be crazy! They are devices designed to make our lives easier or more efficient, we are simply saying maybe we should stop and think about how often we need to be on that device. There is an old saying, “Take time to smell the roses”, try it and see how it makes you feel. Schedule that dinner or lunch and put away your phone and just talk or take a coffee down to the beach and watch the world go by for 10 minutes.
Watch the 2 ads in the below article, 1 is an advert for the new Smart Phones available and the second is an opinion on what can happen if you live your life through your phone. Some will say it’s a little far fetched but some of you, like us, will see parts of your own lives in it.