We Need to Unplug

Technology is progressively replacing face-to-face interaction. Cell phones are ubiquitous and are slowly destroying communication skills. World leaders are communicating via Twitter in 280 characters or less. It is becoming habit to reach for our phone when we see a beautiful sight, eat something delicious, and when we meet someone new, the first question is, “Are you on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter? Follow me!” We need to stop reaching for our phones and start appreciating the beauty around us.

Everyday we spend more time on our phones than we do with family or friends. Our modern technology has greatly impacted daily life, but is it for better or for worse? Our phones are helpful navigators for when we need to get to a destination, it is great to stay in contact with loved ones, and even can improve education through Google Apps. But when it comes to social media, games and other unneeded apps, people tend to overuse and spend more time looking down at the screen rather than living in the moment.

Adults growing up did not have the advanced technology that children have today. In fact, the first mobile phone came out in 1973! Mrs. Cameron explains how she got her first phone at forty years old and explains that, “most days I spend about 1 hour to 2 hours maximum. I don’t get it out at school unless I am on prep time or duty. I have too much to do to stay on it for a long time.” On the other hand, tenth grader Sam McClean got her first phone at the age of eleven, and spends around five or more hours each day with her eyes glued to the screen.

According to Psychology Today, at a very young age, infants have a survival instinct to attach to a caregiver. When the original attachment figures are unavailable, children and adults begin to find substitutes. Therefore, people tend to lean to the closest convenience: the cell phone. With more and more kids beginning to use technology at a very young age, there is a high risk of getting carcinogenesis, which is a formation of cancer. Children absorb 60 percent more radiation into the brain than adults. Their brain’s thinner skin, tissues, and bones allow them to absorb the radiation twice more than the grown-ups.

Since technology is tremendously evolving each year, it is hard to tell what will be introduced next. With children growing up with phones in their faces, over time they tend to lose communication skills. Technology tricks us into thinking that we have the ability to experience all the good and bad in life while looking at a screen in bed. It is easy for us to watch a video or look at a picture of the things we like, but it’s different to truly experience your favorite things. We need to unplug and involve ourselves to understand the true beauty in life.