There’s no arguing that those highly powerful, multi-functional electronic gadgets known as smart phones have revolutionized the world we live in. Packed with an array of features including internet browsing, 24 hour access to emails, phoning facilities, apps and high pixel cameras, what more could a person want from a phone? But we ask whether there are any drawbacks to these seemingly flawless devices which many of us cannot live without?
As realistic as high speed video conferencing is, it’s debatable whether technology can ever replace human interaction and whereas previously, leaving work in the evening and switching off the computer meant “switching off”, now it is simply a transition from a computer to one’s smartphone. I’m sure we can all relate to that feeling when we can never get 100% of someone’s full attention, as we come second to their phone. Furthermore phones undoubtedly have an impact on family time, meal times, sleeping patterns, concentration whilst driving, hobbies and interests and often forces others by default into the same mode just to keep up.
Perhaps it’s time we all implemented some boundaries and “away time” to prevent us becoming absorbed and to help us just live in the moment a bit more.