Don't Be a Cellphone Face
Cellphones to Cyborgs.
We have all become addicted to cellphones and one could argue that we are all quickly turning into cyborgs.
A cyborg is a fictional being whose physical and mental abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by computer elements built into their body.
Yes, cyborgs are fictional at the moment, but think about how close we are to becoming one.
We all walk around with our faces plastered to our cellphones.
In the not so distant future, the cellphone will be moved into your brain or body. It is pretty crazy to think about but it is quickly becoming a reality. And, I am not so sure that anybody cares or would argue otherwise. We are becoming more and more connected.
Are We too Connected?
Yes, we have all of the information we need at our fingertips. But are we better for it?
People don’t interact like they used to. On the streets, people are oblivious to others and only concerned about what’s on their screen. I ride my bicycle everywhere and it is getting harder and harder to dodge the cellphone faces.
The other day I saw a girl walk out into traffic while looking at her cellphone. No, she wasn’t at an intersection. She walked right into oncoming traffic.
Unsurprisingly, she got hit by a car. My initial reaction was to drop my bike and go help her. But, she was too quick for me.
She popped right up. Then amazingly, she started screaming at the driver. It was totally her fault and not the driver’s fault. The driver was just driving down the road minding their own business.
After yelling a few cuss words, the girl made it to the sidewalk and resumed her journey as a cellphone face. It was bonkers!
The Romans Created the Coliseum and We Created Cellphones
The Romans built huge amphitheaters to entertain their population and to distract them from what was really going on.
Just like the Coliseum, the cellphone acts as entertainment or a distraction.
Whatever you are looking at on your cellphone, is not as interesting and as exciting as the world we live in. The more time you spend looking at your cellphone, the less time you spend learning and enjoying life. It’s time we start to take back control of our lives!
Be Conscious of Your Time on this Planet
I am aware that my cellphone is my biggest distraction throughout the day.
So recently, to avoid it, I have been turning it off and putting it in the next room. To think, I have to physically put it in another room to focus.
That’s how powerful and addicting cellphones are.
I usually work on my book from 8 PM to 1 AM each night. During those hours my cellphone is out of sight and out of mind. Occasionally, I’ll sneak in there to check my messages, but I have made it a rule that I can’t take it with me.
I’m an addict!
Recently, I have had this urge to get rid of my fancy cellphone all together and replace it with an old flip phone. I know that it would free up more time in my life. But of course, I haven’t been able to take the plunge.
The important thing is to know that your cellphone and TV are distractions. By engaging with them you are wasting your time that you can never get back.
We need to be more conscious or present at the moment. As far as we know, we are the only conscious beings in existence. It is a huge gift, don’t waste it!
Action Item: Turn off your cellphone and TV from 8 PM to 11 PM each night and see where life takes you. I guarantee you will become more creative and learn a lot about yourself. Most importantly, it will open you up to happiness that you had thought you lost.
Reading Material: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience