Every day, as I get on my school bus, I hear people talk about how tired or cold they are.
You’ve probably heard that stereotype about English men who always talk about the weather (not trying to offend any English people out there). Well, that saying is not only about England. Sometimes, I feel like people have nothing else to talk about but about how freezing it is outside.
If you have read the Fahrenheit 451, you can probably imagine what would be happening in that anti-utopian world. People would not talk to each other. At all. And see what is happening right now? The technology is making us just like the characters of the book. We stare at our phones because we do not feel comfortable, as they say ‘awkwardly’, looking around. And then after they meet up with their friend, they either do not talk or talk about that basic and fake stuff.
It’s just that basicness that makes me want to, you know, get off this planet. We are all being consumed by the unoriginality of our lives. We sit around and do same things everyone else does.
I feel like was born at the wrong time. I want to go back to the Medieval Period. I want to talk to people, communicate, and actually feel something. I want the adventure. When I tell this to people, the only thing they do is give me examples of disadvantages of that time: no bathrooms, plagues, etc. But have you thought about how unusual everyone’s’ stories would be? Maybe, I just read too many books or watched too many movies, and, maybe, I imagine everything in my own way. But I love this way, the way of looking at that age through rose-colored glasses. It’s never a bad thing to dream.
What feels bad is coming back from the dream. Coming back to the reality. But we can change that. I know that some of the use might be thinking that the technology innovations had completely improved our lives. But it does not mean that there’s no way of making a little step back. Here are some things I follow to stay social and not on my phone:
- Do not check your phone right before bed/right after you wake up. It’s not only bad for your eyesight and sleep experience, but also for your communications with others. Go take a shower, talk and wish ‘good night’ to you parents instead.
- Stop looking down at your phone while walking and driving(!). Not only it is dangerous (“estimated that 1 in 10 pedestrian injuries is now related to distracted walking, and that it causes more accidents than distracted driving”), but also because you do not see the beauty of your surroundings. Maybe you’ve walked down this road a million times before, but maybe you have not realized how much the road has changed. Look up! Here’s a video I watched a couple of years ago, I hope that every one of you spends their five minutes to understand the importance of shutting down their phones.
- When walking/hanging out with people, just do not check your phone. Keep the sound on, respond to important calls, but turn your cellular data off and keep yourself offline. Nothing bad will happen if you do not check your Instagram for a day.
Thank you for reading my post and I really hope that you take it seriously. I do believe that it is an important issue for us not being able to talk about things we could have talked about without our phones.