I’m not going to lie to you, I love the point in the day that I can just lay on my bed and scroll through all my social media accounts and just relax. I can appreciate technology and social media just as much as other people, probably even more at times – however I know when it’s time to get off. I think the addiction to smartphones and other devices do cause us to miss out on a lot of opportunities. As the younger generation are growing up in the prime of technology it can be hard to escape it.
According to the majority of today’s younger generation, the best things in life are definitely not free. Which means all of this focus on technology means they could be missing out on a lot.
When I was younger I would constantly get lectured for not listening to people properly in conversations due to me being too engrossed in my phone. At the time I thought messaging my friends and scrolling through social media was a priority for my attention. Looking back now I do think I was definitely way too obsessed, and I think my twitter is proof with over 23.8K tweets, oops! If I could go back I would definitely spend less time off of my phone to appreciate the things I had around me. I would spend more time with my family and actually take part in real life experiences. Being obsessed with technology not only deprives people of spending time with their family, it can also have a negative impact on young people’s school work. Staying up late on social media will do nothing but make you feel incredibly sleepy the next day, which is no good for your education.
What happened to spending time in the good outdoors? Instead of playing with all the neighbours children, now it seems that children would prefer to sit indoors and play on a tablet or laptop. It doesn’t change as you enter teenage years either, as although they may be getting out and visiting different places, the likelihood is that the main reason they went is so they can edit the pictures they took and pop them on their Instagram when they get home – again I know this because I have may have done it myself once or twice. Young people will see these photos all over their Instagram and will want visit, but only because they’re imagining how good it will look on their Instagram too.
Even Adele once told a fan in the audience to stop filming and to enjoy the show with their eyes, as there were many fans who weren’t able to get in. The whole point is that people need to appreciate everything around them in that moment, instead of looking at their phone and hoping the picture or video isn’t going to be blurry. If you somehow lose those photos or videos then you won’t even have memories to look back on, because you would have been too busy focusing on your phone to take in the whole experience.
Of course taking photos and videos is a great way to remember your favourite moments, but don’t forget put your phone down occasionally. Forget about everything materialistic and enjoy everything and everyone around you. You won’t regret it!
Thanks for reading!