It’s an all too familiar scene–two individuals at a table sitting near each other but not talking to each other because they are on their phones. That’s what society has come to. Our cell phones are taking over. As dramatized in the Samuel L.Jackson movie ‘Cell’.
The movie is an exaggeration but there is some truth to the idea that our cellphones are consuming our social lives. In a way making us less social beings. Personal conversations are becoming a lost art and phone calls are becoming obsolete.
In the era of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media outlets, you don’t have to ask what someone did that day. They’ve already tweeted about it, logged their location, and showed a video of how it went through said media outlets.
It’s great. You didn’t even have to do any work to find out what happened. What we neglect to consider are the implications. For instance, calling a person on the phone allows you to hear their voice interact with them on a different level and engage your other senses including imagination.
In face-to-face conversations we miss out on the actual interaction allowing us to utilize all of our senses. As weird as it sounds, smelling, seeing, hearing touching, gesturing, and in some cases tasting are used during live interactions. Whereas scrolling through social media posts deprives us of this multidimensional piece.
My point? Put down your phone. Call someone and discuss plans about your meet up Have a drink. Have dinner. Have coffee. Whatever you do, do not have your cellphone out. You’re missing out on more than you think.