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I think that smartphones have eliminated the art of conversation. Everything is limited to 140 characters or less. We may be in the same room together, but we’re not “together”. Each person is in their own universe, and their cell phone is the sun; everything revolves around that. If you don’t believe that’s true, watch any group of people when there’s only one charger.
Some of my best memories with my family are times when the lights were out, like from a hurricane. There was no power so that meant no TV, no computer, no video games, and no cell phones. We were forced to entertain ourselves and that meant interacting and communicating with each other. What I believed was a punishment, in the beginning, turned out to be a blessing.
Smartphones also eliminate conversations because we have the world at the tips of our fingers. We can “talk” to anyone anywhere via text message, Facebook message, Snapchat, etc. If we don’t want to discuss a particular issue, we just move on to the next person on the app and so on. In some ways, it allows us to live in a fantasy wherein we only deal with the issues we choose to deal with. Of course, this reprieve is temporary; however, for a time, we can pretend an issue doesn’t exist.
How would I change things? Maybe setting time restrictions on screen time and restrictions on messaging apps limiting the number so we must seek out real human interaction. Also seeking out personal growth and restrictions towards the psychological aspect of desiring so much screen time may be a good idea.