Are We Too Reliant On Our Phones
Fauziya Johnson 16/07/2018
So the other day I was on my way back from work, on the phone to my other half as you do. My battery was really low (as it usually is) and was going to cut off any time soon, I warned him it would cut off so I assumed everything was cool. As expected, it cut off and that was that. Went home, put a wash in, stared at the dishes, and started using my tablet. I tend not to use both at the same time unless it's for work, as I only need one- but of course, you cant ring tablets.
By this point, I've forgotten that I should probably charge my phone to ring him back... which is my fault. But I don’t think it's a big deal- I'm active on social media so it's evident I'm okay. After being up since 4 am that day I was exhausted and just fell asleep, with my phone off. Little did I know that he was upset to not hear from me to know I was safe, and then this stress transferred to asking my mum if I was okay, to which I woke up in the morning the next day to her coming into the flat. Shocked and half-naked, I was confused af.. but she explained that I need to keep my phone on for people to contact me. I get that, but it was about 10 hours I was unreachable? I don’t think that's too bad, and it got me thinking about how reliant we are on our phones.
Now I’m not gonna be all judgmental and anti-technology as I understand and appreciate the vast range of benefits. The sharing of news around the world is easily accessible, and I am privileged to have a phone w/internet and calls in the first place. But I am worried how 10 hours of inactivity can induce so much anxiety and worry in relationships of all sorts.
Not denying that I might be like this too if the situation was switched, which is why I'm thinking about all of this. It's a little surreal how this small device has such a huge impact. Sometimes people switch their phone off bc it's too much interaction and stress. But now it's caused me to have anxiety to not have my phone off due to other people not being able to reach me. It's a paradox, really, and not the best one to be in lol.
So not sure what else to say really. I’m obviously happy people care, and should just really leave it there. If having my phone on makes them less anxious then I will do. But it does make you think. I'll leave it with this small drake lyric lmao: Emotionless - Drake
"I always hear people complain about the place that they live That all the people here are fake and they got nothin' to give 'Cause they been starin' at somebody else's version of shit That makes another city seem more excitin' than it is I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome Then she finally got to Rome And all she did was post pictures for people at home 'Cause all that mattered was impressin' everybody she's known I know another girl that's cryin' out for help But her latest caption is "Leave me alone" I know a girl happily married 'til she puts down her phone I know a girl that saves pictures from places she's flown To post later and make it look like she still on the go Look at the way we live I wasn't hidin' my kid from the world I was hidin' the world from my kid".