Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Everybody has a smartphone of some kind now. While people might go to digital war (keyboard warriors, and all that) about whether Apple, Samsung, Huawei, or any other brand is superior to the others, one thing we can all agree on is that our phones have become a sort of safety blanket when we find ourselves alone in public.

The question is, why though? What did we do while waiting in public or sitting on the bus or even just relaxing at home before we had our smartphones? It seems like a long, long time ago that anyone didn’t whip their phone out at the first sign of boredom, but is this a good thing or a bad thing?

GOOD!

If you are someone who hates strangers striking up conversation with you, then having your phone is a great way of signalling that you are not to be spoken to. This doesn’t always work, of course, but it certainly gives you a bit of a buffer when in public.

Furthermore, those of us with busy lives (all of us, then) might want to take this time alone in public or even at home by catching up on anything you’ve missed during the day. Whether you want to check the group chat or scroll Facebook or keep informed on what’s been going on in the world. You might even need to update your blog or answer some work emails, getting this time to yourself and fixating on your screen will help you know what’s going on all over the world.

BAD!

But why would you want to be on your phone when you have the whole world in front of you? If this is something you have heard before, you understand that moment of clarity when you think ‘Oh yeah.’

Being on your phone constantly does seem just a bit too antisocial, especially when surrounded by friends and family. Furthermore, playing games or browsing absently can quickly turn minutes into hours, and you run the risk of missing your bus or train or perhaps more importantly, life itself.

A BIT OF BOTH?

There are positives and negatives associated with being on your phone when you feel like you have nothing to do. For some, it might be that you want to complete the new Final Fantasy for mobile, which can be downloaded here: finalfantasyxvapp.com/company-info. However, picking the right time and place is most essential to not looking rude or ignorant.

These messages you get sent are not going to go away anytime soon. If you can give yourself a quick update here and there, but not get sucked into the screen, then you will start finding yourself with less and less dependence on your phone when in uncomfortable situations. Who knows, you might just see something you won’t forget.

JUST PASSING TIME

Perhaps we do rely too much on our smartphones as a safety blanket in some situations, but this is okay. It only becomes a problem when you start gripping to this blanket even when you are around people you love and trust and like. While you don’t need to bin your phone now, consider if you need to check this email or message right now. You’d be surprised what you miss in the real world when you’re too busy worrying about what you will miss online.

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