Do you ever look at your phone to see what time it is and then get distracted because someone just posted something amazing? Meanwhile you stick the phone back in your pocket forgetting to check the time. We humans love gossip, we love seeing what others have to say, but did you know that we spend about 7 hours a day on the internet; watching TV, streaming, and social media? Before the technology we have now, kids between the ages of 7-18 would interact by meeting up to the closest malt shop or park to socialize. Now you can’t go without seeing a 7 year old who doesn’t have a smartphone.
Using your phone isn’t the only technology that we use, gaming is a big one too. You see more boys playing video games, trying to beat each others score. Then you have the girls who are more likely to use social media (aka like Instagram), they are trying to get more likes and to be more popular in their photos. With technology everyone is competing with everyone, whether it is posts, blogs, websites, brands, gaming scores, we all seem to want to be the best.
It has come to the point where being on the internet and messaging hundreds of people is more important than sleep. If we are taking in on average 7 hours of technology a day, that is the same amount of hours I get on a good night’s sleep. Children between the ages of 8-12 spend about six hours, on average, consuming media. Kids these days are not growing up how they use to. For an example I have a 11 year old niece and all she wants is a Macbook Pro. That is almost a two thousand dollar laptop, at that age what is someone going to do with it?
At 19 years of age I have notice a lot of heads down on phones not paying attention to what is going on in front of them. I can relate to this, I am guilty myself but there are times where we need to set our devices down. There are times where we having a conversation with someone, whether is a family member, friend, coworker etc, and they are sitting on their phone. I don’t know about you but I do like an old fashion conversation, like going to a coffee shop, talking face to face. I love technology just as much as the next person but choose the moments wisely, everything happens in the blink of an eye. You’ll never know what you’re missing.