The last thing the millennial generation needs is encouraging to spend more time looking down at screens that pretty much run modern day life.
From emails to social media, dating, booking taxis and ordering food, is there anything that cannot be done now on a mobile phone? We have all witnessed someone we know experience a moment of sheer horror when they have misplaced their favorite piece of technology. Well, they are not alone in their toxic attachment. A recent report claimed that nearly a quarter of millennials would rather lose one of their senses than give up their phones indefinitely.
Consider, for a moment, would you give up an actual sense for your relationship with a cell phone? I mean to see, to hear, to smell, to touch or to listen, to taste. If the answer is "yes" then it’s definitely time to spend less time together. In fact, maybe we all need to set some healthy boundaries and remind ourselves what we are missing out on.
Some studies even suggest that checking your phone can be as addictive as drugs. Checking a phone lights up the same part of the brain that is activated when a drug addict takes the substance that they are addicted to. On top of this, spending too much time looking at a screen poses a whole host of health problems from eye damage to increasing anxiety and affecting relationships. Most importantly they are pulling us away from experiencing life to the fullest.
Of course, it is great that we can now do so much on our phones. From getting directions to checking our bank accounts, but there are many things that they cannot deliver. Like smelling some fresh coffee in the morning, the feeling of laughing with a friend, the sound of your favorite music you sing along too shamelessly, the taste of pancakes and maple syrup or the touch of someone’s hand. They can’t replace real life. They can’t create meaningful memories. These come from putting our phones down and living in the moment.
One thing is for sure, no one looks back and wished they spent more time looking down at square screens. I am sure Google would agree.
The senses were made for enjoying the world, not a mobile phone. So instead of giving one up, get out there and try to use them all.