I’m glued to my cell phone. I’ll admit it. But sometimes I wish I could just leave it at home. I feel like I miss so much when I’m talking on or staring at my phone. I find myself checking it every two minutes to convince myself that no one called/texted me since the last time I checked. It’s like an extra appendage.
But how much do we really miss because of our phones? There are people running into light posts and falling into manholes!
An article in The New York Times addresses the blinders affect that cell phones seem to have. Have you ever walked by something interesting only to have someone else tell you about it later? I hate that feeling of “I was there, how did I miss it?”
A study by Western Washington University found that only eight percent of people on their cell phones noticed a clown on a unicycle as they strolled near him. But 60 percent of people walking with a friend and 33 percent of people listening to music or walking alone were aware of the clown.
Are our lives literally passing us by as social media takes an even larger role? I think it’s time we took a step back from technology and focused on the real world. Who knows what we might see if we put our phones on silent or left them at home for a day.
Do you need your phone surgically removed from your hand? What are some ways you maintain face-to-face connections with friends and family?