Monday, October 7, 2013

iPhone, I Love You

The whole idea that we are obsessed with our smartphones is not a new phenomenon. I think the majority of us are aware of the unhealthy relationship we have with our phones.

In class last week we talked about how some people hold their breath while checking their email and those phantom vibrations that make us think we have a new text. We are connected every minute of every day and we are now unable to relax without being around technology. Our phones have become an extension of our bodies. When I am sans iPhone I can’t help but become anxious and slightly stressed out.

Becoming aware that we are living in a perpetual state of fight or flight is almost as stressful as your phone dying and having no way to charge it.

So now we are not only dependent on technology but we are also constantly stressed. This stress makes us eat more and when we eat more we get fatter.

This is just a theory of course, it does sound a bit silly to say that your phone is at fault for your extra cushioning.

My point here isn’t that our phones are making us fat, but rather that phones have become such a crucial part of our every day life that they are now being blamed for health issues.

A few days after we talked about this in class I was hanging out with one of my friends. We were out on my balcony and both of our phones were inside. We couldn’t make it more than two minutes without searching for our phones. My friend kept going in and out because she could have sworn she heard a phone ringing. Not only does this relate to the phantom vibrations, but also it proves the idea that humans can no longer just sit there and be human.

We have to know what’s going on all the time because FOMO has no mercy and will eat us alive. We were unable to enjoy the view and the sunshine because we were too preoccupied worrying about our phones.

Let’s just take a moment to ponder on the fact that apps have been created in order to let people walk and be on their phones at the same time.

I went on Twitter to see how many people obsess over their phones. I found that most people are okay with professing their love for an inanimate object on the inter-webs.

At the end of the day, our eyes probably get more screen time than normal au naturale time. So let’s make an effort to detach ourselves from technology occasionally. Let’s stop being those reliant, needy girlfriends to our iPhones and become more independent!

Jess clearly likes her iPhone more than our friendship...