“It’s not who he is with his addiction, but who is he without it?” – MansTruth
I decided to do an experiment today called, “No Phone Tuesday.” I put it as a hashtag on Instagram & Twitter, and just in case anybody else felt intrigued by the idea and wanted to join in the movement, I added the challenging caption, “Let’s see how much I see and learn today… Can you do it?” And honestly, I saw a different world.
The world really felt and looked different, and maybe this is because I was actually experiencing the day instead of time experiencing me. We have been experiencing consistent rain in the past few days yet today, the sun decided to greet us once again, and I wanted to show my gratitude by being aware of it. Isn’t that what we all ask for? Just a little attention so that we may feel appreciated? Well I wonder how our planet feels… Hmm…
I saw the beauty of fall with the leaves mellowing off of the trees, I saw the clear sky and watched the birds fly in it. I felt the warmth of the sun and I breathed in that beautiful prana that came along with this bright day. However, I also saw some things that scared me truly….
It was as if i was watching a whole different existence of life. I saw organisms moving as if they weren’t alive. No. I saw life happening as it wasn’t being witnessed. No. I was recognizing living things that didn’t seem like they could even define themselves. No. What I saw was people, human beings, who weren’t being human; they simply were, existing… But existing where?
Humanity has created an alternate reality, a new plane of existence for themselves, and that existence lies within the… You guessed! Mobile Phone! Our Iphones, Our Galaxies, our androids.
We keep our eyes in our phones, subduing ourselves in a whole nother galaxy, where we become robots with a human experience, or an android.
Humanity has fallen in an unconditional, some may define it as true love, with the cell phone. We have become attached and friends, we are addicted. Let not a person lose their phone or accidentally drop it and suddenly the screen cracks, oh no! You would think either someone lost a family member, had gotten into an accident, or what’s even more tragic, has had their heart broken. Well, that is in some sense what happens right? All of your trust, faith, and love is attached to your phone that if something were to ever happen to it, it would feel like you’ve lost all that’s in you… This is us humanity.
As I watched all of those who passed by and those who stood still, every single person was either with their heads down looking into their phones, or they were on the phone. Some of the people who were looking at the phones were simply just doing that. They were staring as if they were waiting for a command to do something different, on their phones. I began to wonder, has this become the escape route from our problems? Is this the outlet for escaping our insecurities? Has this become our exit from the world? Our excuse to separate from each other? We notice each other more in pics on Instagram than do we recognize each others existence in the physical realm. This is a problem!
These are the college years, and in the college years we are supposed to network right? These are times where we are to possibly meet the people who we will spend the rest of our lives with; friends, a significant other. But how do we expect to meet these people when we are not at first, doing the most important thing which is paying attention and conversing with other people?
Social Media=Anti-Social Network
In the past years since the popularity rise of Facebook, society has become more distant and anti-social. This is a study which I have done by experiencing life around me with my own eyes, and even myself. Yes, that’s right, I’m no exclusion here. There was a time period where I was so glued to my phone that it became the source of all that is natural human necessities. Companionship, entertainment, “education”, communication, “world guide”, etc… And today, we have given so much reliability to our phones, that the mobile has now become a god among us. We wish not to part from this deity, because we couldn’t imagine how we would be able to eat, shit, nor even breathe without its presence. Once upon a time, it was only God in which we gave this kind of love to…
Society seems broken because we’re not focused in it. We’re too busy being livid towards illusions that we don’t see the obvious solution to the simplest problem.
What is one of the most, if not the most, important thing that relationships need in order to remain afloat? Communication right?
Well that is what society needs! And what comes with communication? Stronger relationships, trust, and faith in the other right? Well if we could attain all of this, we would become the “relationship goals” for the whole world! Then how could we fail? It would be either two things in the latter, either you are conscious of the problem and fix it, or you are conscious of the problem and do nothing.
Still, we would all be conscious, and then we could start holding individuals accountable, rather than looking on a blame for the worlds problems and here we are right here, the solution. And it all starts with the easiest action, putting the phone down, and giving life a chance to breathe into you.
Some people may claim this to be digging too deep, and say there is no possibility that the tie between an individual and his/her cell phone, could be of any cause to the issues we face in society. And to that person I say, go without your phone for a whole day, and tell me what you see in its conclusion. Better yet, try to convince another individual too part from his/her phone, and for yourself, record the reaction you receive.
It’s the things we don’t notice that can either give the world hope, or is the cause of its lack of. In order to find the root of any problem we have to dig deep, and that is for anything. It’s because many of us have adopted this idiotology stating that we don’t have to think too much of anything, therefore we think little of everything… As a man thinketh, so is he…
So, back to the topic question… Who are without our phones???
Well, with them we seem happy, we seem to be enjoying ourselves, and we’re ok.
Look! Even the cat down the road has a cell phone! (Infinite Waters).
But without them…
We become miserable, we feel as if a part of us is missing, and we don’t know what else to do, we don’t know what to say besides “Where the hell is my phone?!!” If we’re not spending an excessive amount of time searching for our phones, we’re spending an excessive amount of time worrying about what we are missing out on while being apart from them…
Does this sound ok to you?
I don’t think you get it. You may see the problem and may be saying “Yeaah, you’re right.” But I don’t think you get it. So…
I want to play a game