Two co-workers and I walked into the restaurant and were led to our table. After a few minutes of looking at our menus, two of us (including me) pulled our cell phones out of our pockets and immediately stuck our noses in them. My other co-worker noticed our ridiculous acts and said, “Why don’t we have dinner without having our phones out?”
I immediately scoffed at such a suggestion but then quickly relented. He was right. I admit to having a digital addiction. I need to hold this little computer in my hand and look at useless information whenever I want. Do we really need to always be on our phones rather than talking with those we are with? Wow…
That dinner, besides having some great food, was some of the best conversation I have had with friends in a long time. We made it through the rest of dinner without the compulsion to feed our need for our phones. We did it! The digital addiction can be overcome.
Blackberry phones received the nickname of “Crackberries” for a good reason. People can’t stay off their phones but we rarely even talk on them. I remember when I first got a “smart” phone. It was both a great and terrible day in my life. I used to use a phone to talk. I didn’t even text. Then, the smart phone came and I got hooked.
If someone my age can succumb to the digital addiction, imagine the younger generations who are growing up with cell phones. I didn’t get my first cell phone until I graduated college. Now, kids get them at 10 or 11 years old. They can’t live without them.
What will this digital addiction mean to the communication abilities of our future generations? Currently, people text each other within the same house, and even the same room. It’s just as easy to talk to someone because some are more comfortable communicating with their thumbs (a.k.a., texting) rather than their mouths.
Have you noticed an increase in miscommunication or people getting upset or confused more often when you communicate occurs through texting, Facebook posts, tweets, etc.? I have. It’s amazing how much of communication is visual. However, these methods of communication have no visual cues so messages get misconstrued.
How about we put our phones down and talk to our co-workers, family and friends? There’s no need to check Facebook, Twitter, your fantasy football stats (especially on a Wednesday when nothing is happening anyway) or the local sports news. Will you really suffer if you don’t check those this minute? If you say yes, you should seriously seek professional help.
Please share this with someone you know (you can even share on Facebook, Twitter, etc. but not while sitting next to someone with whom you should be talking anyway) who might have a digital addiction. Let’s stop the madness and start learning to communicate once again.