Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here Comes a Rant

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?


living from glory to glory said...

Hello Tracy, I love your new blog look and I think your idea of re-creating your blog is a good one. To leave this space would be sad! I also think blogging about what your passion is about is the key! I have placed you on my sidebar and I will keep coming over to read your posts! I read the last few and you inspire me!
Blessings, Roxy

Scrappy quilter said...

AMEN!! I totally agree. My cell phone is often off. Friends are always asking me "didn't you get my text". Um probably, I haven't looked yet!

Nicole T said...

I saw a mom miss the ONLY award her child received at an awards ceremony at school because she was scrolling through Facebook on her phone. I will never forget the look on that little girl's face when she looked out at her mom with the hugest smile on her face, so full of excitement for getting her reading certificate, and then her smile dropping when she realized her mom wasn't even looking at her. I was so mad I almost cried. I swore that day I would never get a smart phone. I do have one, but I am SO careful about keeping it in my purse when I am out and about, especially with my kids or on a dinner date with my husband. What is happening is disgusting.

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Tracy,

Terrific post ... I have found myself annoyed by the cell phone/social media craze for a long time ... I don't have text available on my cell & unless I'm away from home it isn't even on. I also don't do facebook, titter, snap chat, etc.


Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Tracy,

Terrific post ... I have found myself annoyed by the cell phone/social media craze for a long time ... I don't have text available on my cell & unless I'm away from home it isn't even on. I also don't do facebook, titter, snap chat, etc.


Mrs. Miano said...

Hmmmm. I probably have a differing opinion than most. I've learned a lot on my life journey so far. I have blended thoughts on this....my Christian perspective will shine through as well as things I've learned studying minimalism. I have learned I can only define life for myself...but I can live my life as an example- I can be the change. I popped over and read the article about the whale man. ONE major thing struck me. I have no clue why he was on his phone. Maybe his wife got in a wreck and was texing him? Maybe his kid had a question....maybe his father was in the hospital....I simply dont know. But what I do know is any number of things could have been way more important to him than a whale passing by at that moment??? you know?? He gets to decide for himself what to do with his time on his boat. He gets to decide what to populate his life with and how to handle his own affairs. He defines what is important to him and what things bring him joy. I agree that there is rampant excess and I think people ARE waking up to see it-YAY. I get wonderful ministry opportunities with my phone- I am always amazed when it happens. Here's how I handle these situations. I do try to esteem others as better than myself ( all that really means is putting others first, before my needs-having a servants heart and not a self centered heart as Philippians says) For MANY reasons my minimalist pursuits have kept me with my old flip phone...(at around $10-20$ a month depending on what I do with it.)When I visit socially with people I make a point to pull it out and say I'm gonna turn my phone off now so I can totally enjoy our time together....I try to lead by example and treat people how I want to be treated...most times people will turn theirs off too, not all- but thats ok. A lot of the times I get surprised looks at the old phone and many times I get asked WHY I still carry that thing. There's the ministry/teaching opportunity. It opens the door to talk about it. I sometimes get to talk about the minimal life style I've adopted and how an old flip phone brings me peace and security. Peace because I use it as only a phone- not a mini computer and security because I get to invest the money I would be spending on a smart phone elsewhere in life. I try not to be annoyed at people and just enjoy what time we do get to spend together...I know I am accountable for only how I handle situations and the example I set so I choose to always put my phone away and bless the one I am with with my full attention even if they arent capable to give me theirs <3

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I admit I've fallen for it too...
guilty! (hand raised)
But, I know all to well the way time passes when there is a phone around.
When my children were still children and at home...
I turned the answering machine on to catch all calls during the day. We had school to do, chores to do...and spending time outside with my children was more important.
But it wasn't always that way... I didn't realize it until they were a little bit older; and 'friends' took advantage of the homeschool mom who was home--
I put a stop to it.
I've explained to my kids that even before that...in the 70s and 80s there was a time, there wasn't even call waiting...there was such thing as a busy signal.
It's not very smart to have a phone that you carry around...making you slave to others around you. Your personal time isn't a comfort to your or your family-- if it never leaves your ear (or eyesight)
...this is a timely article...
You've found some that agree. I'm surprised more don't