I f##*#ing hate smartphones. More specifically, it’s a love/hate thing.
A camera at my fingertips.
The fact that I feel compelled to “document” and post everything I/my family/my friends do.
Google maps. This has helped me out numerous times because I have very little sense of direction. Also, it has saved Joe and me from fighting in the car
“I didn’t tell you to turn there. Miss Google did.”
Absolutely nothing to hate about this.
Texting as a means of brief communication.
Texting as a replacement for actual human connection.
Probably my biggest pet peeve is the fact that people seem unable to engage in contact with others (see above) and/or are unable to sit alone with their thoughts. Everyone on the subway is playing Candy Crush (or whatever the popular game is these days). No one seems capable of riding an elevator without staring at their phone. Don’t even get me started about texting and driving.
I admit, I do some of these things too. During The Whole Life Challenge
, that Joe and I recently completed, one of our challenges was to not use screens during mealtimes. We never do at dinner, but I always seem to be on my phone/computer during breakfast and lunch. It was absolutely liberating to stop that habit, and I’m trying really hard to continue. I’m also working hard to not reach for my phone every time I’m waiting for a subway, riding the elevator, waiting for a friend. It’s surprisingly challenging, but I keep reminding myself that I used to have plenty of “downtime” without constant digital stimulation.
Louis CK seems to be of a similar mind, and he explains it
way better than I ever could.
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