It all started with a post I saw on Facebook this morning about a man on a boat who was so absorbed with his cell phone that he missed seeing a humpback whale just feet away from him. You can read the story here.
It's possible the man sees humpback whales all the time, but that's not the point.
I'm tired of everyone being so obsessed with their cell phones! It's ridiculous how dependent people are on them. They even carry around their chargers into businesses to plug them up lest they miss something. I have seen that happen way too many times...
Technology is a beautiful thing, but it's meant to be a tool. It's not supposed to replace face to face communication.
I've been to parties where a lot of people are on their phones, oblivious to what's going on around them. What's the point? Why are you even at the party? Or the dinner? Or out on that date?
Not to mention it's rude to those around you who would like to spend time with you and have a conversation.
People no longer know how to talk to each other or even write properly. And forget about punctuation! What's handwriting? No one does that any more!! Typing in slang is easier and faster these days. I have found myself resorting to it myself on occasion.
But I am putting a stop to it. I am turning off all notifications on my phone. I will not let the dings of my cell phone notifications control me any longer.
I want to be present with my loved ones. I don't want to be available 24/7 to the world. It isn't making my life better. Is it yours?