According to an article in the Huffington Post and based on scientific research, you could be spending twice the amount of time you think you spend on your smart phone or mobile device.
How many times do you check your phone? Your tweets, Instagram notifications, Facebook messages, text messages, emails and all others?
For some people, once waking up, first thing is to reach out for their mobile device either to turn off the alarm, set the previous night or to check notifications and emails.
Studies show that the average young adult spends more than 56% of time on social media interaction and entertainment activities such as playing games and surfing the net on their mobile devices.
The average American teenager sends a whopping 3,400 text messages in a day statistics reveals.
It is not out of place to see people at social gatherings or when spending time with friends and family, chatting away on their mobile devices oblivious of what is going on around them. Same thing you’d notice when walking the streets; people bumping into each other or moving vehicles because they were glued to the screens of their mobile devices unaware of their surroundings.
In truth, life has gotten a lot easier with the advent of technology as we now have the world practically in our palms. But are we spending so much time in the virtual space and not enough time with the real people around us? I think we are.
While we need to keep in touch and stay abreast of happenings in and around our location, constantly being on our mobile devices is gradually increasing the ability of people to zone out during conversations and their inability to engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations with people when physically interacting with them.
I mean, why leave the comfort of your home, dress up and with your makeup on fleek, come out to a public gathering and stay glued to your phone half the time?!
Or how do you come to a networking event and be hell-bent on taking pictures and creating snap stories without actually networking and interacting
with the human beings at the event?
Truth is, the more time we spend on our devices liking Facebook pictures and retweeting funny videos, the less time, quality time we get to spend with the real people in our lives.
And we are all guilty of this to some extent. In fact, since staring this article, I have checked my phone approximately 8-9 times. That’s about 8-9 times in 30 – 40 minutes.
I believe we need to slow down a bit on the virtual reality that is fast consuming us and spend more time connecting with those around us in person.
What’s the use of an ‘LOL’ at the end of a chat when you aren’t actually ‘laughing out loud’; when you can meet up and create memories with a combination of talk, body language and real time interaction instead of constantly texting away every chance you get?
How about actually taking time off to enjoy your meal rather than insist on spending the better part of your dinner taking pictures of your meal rather than eating it?
How about actually placing a great deal of value on the real interactions we have with real people and not on the number of followers and likes we attract on our social media platforms?
How about not fretting so much when your phone is away from you or feeling incomplete for not checking social media notifications or mails? The choice is really ours to make in the long run.
Here’s a little assignment for you. In addition to all the apps currently on your phone, try downloading this one called BreakFree. This app helps you not only keep track of the time you spend on your device but also on what apps/games or activity you spend your time online on. It also promises to help you plan time spent on your device and helps you turn off your data and notifications at scheduled times for a breather.