Today I decided to do things differently. Instead of studying at the local library I went to Starbucks. Every week I have to complete an online discussion board post for my class. The question of the week is “How has technology affected social interaction in society?”. I thought this was an awesome question considering the fact I’ve recently been putting my cell phone down more throughout my day.
Smart phones have taken over society. I stopped at Dairy Queen with my friends the other day. I couldn’t help but notice every teenager in the room was occupied in their cell phone. We’re they texting/”snap chatting” each other? They had to be because no one was talking yet they were laughing with one another. This caught my attention so much that I forgot what kind of ice cream to order. Do we use our cell phones so much that we aren’t aware of the moments happening in front of us? Do we sit at home on social media instead of social interaction with one another?
I wanted to experiment my thoughts a little bit…I stopped taking my cell phone with me to the store, my friends house, at school, and at work. I noticed I engaged in more conversations in real life than I would if I was one my cell phone and to be honest, more people approached me engaging in a conversation! Lets admit it, sometimes we go on our cell phones to avoid social interaction in the first place. Even if someone isn’t texting you. I’m guilty of it, I get it. What is the point of that? Do we benefit our lives from using a cell phone?
Bottom line, technology is addicting. I can confess this. Get out, enjoy the fresh air and the people around you! God brought those people in your path for a reason. Embrace it!