"On average we waste 4 years of our lives looking down at our mobiles."
The Worldwide Problem
I want to touch on something today that I feel has become a worldwide problem, something we're all guilty of and something we need to change. This problem effects everyone dramatically, when is the right time to pick us up on it, change it and better our futures?
We all have these devices that we use every single day something that gives us many tools, its constantly being improved and upgraded. Know what I'm talking about? I'm talking about MOBILE PHONES. I mean we all have one right? You, your nan, mum, sister, brother, cousins, friends all have a mobile. In fact can you think of just one person who doesn't have one? I sure can't think of a single person who doesn't have a mobile, so I'm sure the numbers of people without are far smaller than the ones with a mobile.
A mobile phone these days offers us endless possibilities, from the best camera to the nicest looking model. How can you resist the newest models? We have the technology to to do whatever we want, but I think the problems are constantly being over looked and ignored. So lets get real, I'm going to lay the problems I see with mobiles right out in front of you.
In 2017 we have so much information on the internet that we could learn from, but instead we choose to spend our time watching our favourite Vlogger rather than teaching ourselves new skills. We could be so inelegant but instead we as a society are getting dumber, children as young as 3 know how to work certain aspects of a phone, from taking photo's to unlocking these devices.
When I was a child I didn't have things like an iPad or a mobile phone shoved in front of me to keep me quite and entrained watching video's or playing games from a screen. Instead I would play outside with friends climbing tree's or going on bike rides, the possibilities were endless with our imaginations we would make dens or play IT until the street lights came on. I see less and less of this these day's and it saddens me.
Instead these children are on there mobiles on all social media platforms and goodness knows what else they're up to. I've come across girls as young as 13 - 16 on Instagram with thousands of followers, posting half naked selfies with hundreds of likes from Tom, Dick and Harry. Wearing Mac make-up acting twice there and age I find myself constantly wondering what they gain from this. The problem to me is these young girls aren't living a childhood, playing around with dream matte mousse and blue mascara instead it's almost like they desire to be "grown up" living this fake perspective in order to be accepted or liked. Does your daughter have social media? Are you keeping an eye on the things they post? Are you worried about who's looking at the half naked selfies?
We seem to care more about our online presence than the people around us that actually matter. We've become so miss-communicated, so disconnected from our real lives that we focus so much on our fake persona. So many of us hate to call someone, instead we prefer to text because its easier, how many of you have left your phone ringing in your hand, to text back asking "what's up" just so you don't have to talk on the phone?
We go on dates with our partners, see our friends or family phones in our hands, texting others or taking photo's of our food before tucking in, rather than spending time engaging in conversations over the table. We're so used to perfecting everything we do on social media from editing photos, removing text we no longer like to make our online presence perfect.
If someone takes a photo off you and catches you off guard, you'll demand to see it, examine it and if you're unhappy you'll make them remove it. We delete photo's off our social media if we don't receive enough likes, but what do these likes mean? Do you gain anything from them? It's surely just a number. In reality we can't edit the way we look or delete the words we've said without meaning. We can't airbrush our skin or add abs to our bodies without training hard, we try so hard to be liked and accepted through social media but it's all a tiny snippet of our lives a fake perspective.
The majority of us are not using the tools available wisely to learn more and increase our knowledge, even though we have the ability to learn anything we want from reading or watching how-to-do's on YouTube, like learning a new language the possibilities are endless. Instead we choose to waste our time taking the perfect selfie or watching the newest Netflix series. Where has the will to learn gone?
Depression is at an all time high, is this because we are constantly trying to live this perfect life that social media portrays? Constantly comparing everything we have to others? All this does is leave you feeling not good enough and worthless, I'm sure you all know at least one person who's prescribed anti-depressants. Struggling through this life and wondering if they'll ever be enough.
We as people need to become less obsessed with our online lives and more in tune with the world around us, our reality! We've become so anti-social that you can walk into a room full of people and yet it's silent. Now a days it's so rare to walk past someone who says "Good morning" to you that we often question it in our heads. There's so much more to life than social media, people's acceptance and likes on a photo.
My point is simple we need to make a change, put more effort into our lives, have conversations, come together, use our time wisely and stop competing. This world doesn't need to be so anti-social with horrible events taking place. The people you have in your life who sit beside you while you silently scroll your phone could be gone tomorrow. Surely they deserve your love? Show them you're good company, make them want to be around you, laugh with them make memories that last and make a change to this silent world.
I hope you've enjoyed this post, I hope it's made you think, maybe made you realise things need to change or made you meet up with a friend for a coffee and social interaction. As always I love to hear your thoughts, feedback, views or questions, even if you don't normally comment down below. Just this once do what we need to do more of and interact with me, another even if you disagree with anything or have a point to make, simply let me know below. Thank you for reading my blog, until next time Amy x
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