If you’re like most people, you’ve probably lost or broken your mobile once or twice in your life.
At least until you stop and think about it.
Sure, if you can’t use your phone, you might not be able to check your email, watch your favorite YouTube videos, stream netflix or stay in touch with friends on social media.
Maybe you’ll even miss a few important phone calls or text messages.
Then you’ll either find your phone or get a new one, and your life will go back to how it used to be – you will most likely always keep your mobile within arm’s reach (even when you’re sleeping.)
Is having a phone always on you such a great idea? I personally don’t think so, and here’s why.
1. It’s extremely hard to stay active
I don’t know about you, but ever since I got a smart phone, I don’t tend to move nearly as much.
I find myself sitting around, glued to YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and the last thing I think about is that I should go for a run, do some push-ups or plan a hiking trip with my friends.
2. Those pesky phone calls
I am sure you have that one friend, who calls you frequently, and every time they do, they seem to need something. Those might be simple, small favors, which at first you’re happy to help with, but over time they become more and more frequent, and more and more demanding.
And then, if they call, and you don’t pick up, you feel guilty…
…which brings me to the next point.
3. Always connected
You may or may not remember the time when people didn’t carry mobiles with them everywhere.
It wasn’t too long ago, when all people had were landlines – phones that were fixed on walls in their homes, and you couldn’t take them anywhere, even if you wanted to.
You could only reach people on the phone, if they happened to be home when you called them, so all you had to do to “hide from the world” was… go for a walk.
4. Cyber Bullying
All right, this one might apply to teenagers more than you and me, but it was too important to ignore.
5. We’ve become addicted
Can you imagine life without the Internet on your phone?
I am not saying that life without Internet access is better. What I am saying, though, is that too much of it is not very good. The next time you go out for dinner, have a quick scan of the room. As a society we’re hooked on the ease and instant gratification, which having a mobile provides.
Of course, the invention of a mobile by Martin Cooper of Motorola has changed the world, and it has also saved a vast number of lives.
Maybe it is a good idea, though, to unplug every now and again?