Technology is honestly an amazing thing. If you were alive 30 or 40 years ago, you probably would have never been able to predict what kinds of new innovative inventions we as a people came up with within those few decades; we have everything from 3D curved 4K TVs, to virtual reality headsets that place us in another world, to technology that you can wear on your wrist that acts as a watch and a phone. But one of the most owned pieces of technology that is part of everyone’s life is the phone.
In this day and age, just about everyone owns a smartphone, and frankly it’s hard to imagine life without one. It has become so vital to our everyday lives that we use it for everything. We’ve even gotten to the point where we multitask with everything we do as far as technology goes (or have we?) But at some points, it may just be too much a part of our daily lives.
For me personally, I will always have my phone with me, no matter what. It has gotten to the point where if I don’t have it or I forget it somewhere, my heart skips a beat; I begin to think “What if someone tries to contact me?” and “What if I miss this really important email from someone?” and, of course, “How will I know what cute animal pictures have been posted on Facebook?!”
But in all seriousness, I believe addiction to technology has become a very real thing for many people, especially when it comes to their smartphones. A lot of people I know feel extremely anxious when they don’t have their phone on them or feel like they have lost it, and I honestly can’t blame them; you might go into a frenzied panic too if you thought that one little device that connects you to your friends, family, and the rest of the world was gone.
Because of this, people get very involved with their phones every waking minute of the day, and it’s sometimes hard for us to separate ourselves from the virtual world. I’ll confess that many times I have been so attached to my phone that I’ve forgotten to take a step back and enjoy living in the moments. Sometimes I’ll be too concerned about getting just the right picture for a Snapchat post to show a friend how awesome something is, or worried about how many likes my most recent post on Facebook just got, and so on.
I don’t believe that we’ll be connected to technology 24/7 in the future like Ben Huh suggests, but I do hope that we can soon all realize that we spend too much time on our phones and computers, and find a happy middle to moderate how much time we spend on the internet. But if I’m being honest, that probably won’t happen; I’m too busy sending my friends Snaps with the shrunken face filter.