“If you can't beat them, join them” Our Un-Mobile Society
Ahh the good old english proverb-if your adversaries are stronger than you, it is better to join the adversaries. At first it seemed impossible to think about living in this world with spotty internet connections and unreliable cell phone service, but it seems like as the days go by it gets easier. In fact, the smartphone withdrawal isn’t so bad after all. It feels liberating to not be attached to something so small and meaningless. Although some people would argue that, not having hot water is one thing but not having a phone is impossible. I, for one, have learned to accept the sunspots and live a more organized lifestyle as did many others. After all, it’s not like we have lived with cell phones our whole life. The benefit of this world is that I see life in a different way. I do not see it through a camera lens or blog. It feels like a game almost. Like I am playing man hunt with the kids on my block back in first grade. Its adventurous, spontaneous, and organized at the same time.
Things to look forward to are-Verizon has lowered monthly payments to a 1/4 of the price for both cell phone and internet/TV plans! Emailing is not a strong source of communication for those with parents in the business world---->this should be a relief for the innocent children who felt neglected by their parents who continuously came home and checked their emails. A case study showed,“being connected digitally to everyone all the time also can lead, somewhat surprisingly, to a sense of isolation and loneliness” (CNN.com article). Physchiatrist’s are now losing patients because people are becoming more socially involved rather than socially inept. It is a NEW WORLD PEOPLE!!
Side-note (I swear I am going somewhere with this): If you have ever been to a frat party you will notice that half the time people are updating their facebook status’s, texting, or sending snapchat (a new iphone app) to their friends who are two feet away.. They isolate themselves from the entire party. Luckily that won’t be an issue anymore because once we decide on a place to go we can’t change our minds.This way we all end up together and stick together through out the night. On a safety stand point, we have become more aware of people and make sure our friends get home safe. We pay attention to our social surroundings and act appropriately. (If only Hamilton students were subjected to this reality our Dean would not have to send out the horrifying Monday morning updates about the student bodies disrespectful and destructive behavior over the course of the weekend. I wish I was joking..)
Family dinners- My parents found that they have more time to spend with us as a family. Sit down dinner is mandatory unlike before which is nice because I feel like we are always in different places and to reconvene every night and talk about our day as a family has a positive effect on us as a whole. I didn’t realize until now that a lot of things can happen in one day. I feel like my memory has gotten stronger because I can’t rely on a phone to store my conversations and details.
We find ways to communicate regardless of the sun spots. People make do with what they have or in this case do not have. Hurricane sandy left millions without phone service in NYC. How did they adjust? Friends left notes with the bartender because they decided to go somewhere else. Because we were so dependent on phones and digital technology before, the resistance that people could feel is anxiety of not knowing what is going on and like a part of them, more specifically a “limb” of theirs is missing. WIth due time, people will settle down and live life as though nothing has changed because when you think about it it’s not like they haven’t lived without a cell phone before. I know I have and I am only 19. It’s not “The Day After Tomorrow,” where the world is falling apart and every technological system is being destroyed. We still have cars, trains, and a large food system. People should not be bitter. In fact, they should be more happy. Before they had a lack of leisure time and now they have enough to be with their family and friends. This world has given our society a new chance and hopefully we succeed in creating a world of progress and success since now we are no longer blinded by the small digital screens.