Are We Getting Too Addicted to Our I-Phones?

Connie McKinney By Connie McKinney, 7th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/29c66va_/
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Some people can't go anywhere or do anything without an I-phone in their hand. Is real life passing you by because you're constantly texting, Twittering or updating your Facebook page?

I-Phones Are Everywhere


Last week, I saw two fashionably dressed young women having dinner at a trendy new restaurant in our area. The food was delicious but they never noticed. They were both too busy with their I-phones to even pay attention to where they were and what they were doing.
They're not the only ones who are addicted to their phones. I've seen people texting or talking on cell phones while walking in nearby parks. They don't notice the sun shining on the river, the birds singing overhead and the trees budding. They're in their own virtual world.
Then, there was the young woman who checked her I-phone between breaks in a Zumba class at my gym. She couldn't even go an hour without checking her phone.
There's no doubt that I-phones are an amazing invention. You can Google anything just by using your fingers. You can stay connected wherever you are. I-phones or regular cellphones are good to have in case of emergency.
The problem arises when people cannot turn these devices off or leave them home - even for an hour. They are missing out on real life experiences. Their relationships are probably suffering since they can't focus on real people. I-phone addiction is a real problem in our modern society.

How to Break Your I-Phone Addiction


Going cold turkey may not be a realistic option for most people. You do need a phone for communication and staying in touch with other people. I'm not advocating that anybody get rid of their phone. Instead, I think people need to cut back on how much they use it.
Try shutting it off for one night per week. Or shut it off for an hour if one night is too much for you. The world will not come to an end just because you missed an e-mail, Tweet or Facebook post.
Here are some more tips for overcoming cell and I-phone addiction:

Live in the Moment


Instead of constantly reaching for your phone, focus on where you are and what you are doing at any given time. This is called mindfulness
The young women at the restaurant should have turned off their phones and focused on their meal and on each other. They could have enjoyed some delicious food. They could have enjoyed some great conversation and company between friends.
The young woman in the Zumba class should have left her phone at home or locked in her trunk. We have lockers at our gym. But there have been some break-ins there. So I don't leave anything of value in a locker.
The people who walk and talk on their phones in the park should turn the phone off and put it in their pocket. If they should fall, they can take the phone out and call 911. But they shouldn't be chatting or texting while walking. This distracts from the joys of being outdoors on a nice day.
Putting away or turning off the phones can be a first step toward a happier, more peaceful life. You'll live in the moment and enjoy life more instead of constantly texting about it.

Attribution
The video came from You Tube.
I took the photos myself using my husband's I-phone. I have a regular cell phone.

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Cell Phones, I-Phone, I-Phones, Technology

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
7th Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, Connie. From your article, "The problem arises when people cannot turn these devices off or leave them home - even for an hour. They are missing out on real life experiences." Could not agree with you more and you said it well. Even having the phone off, or at least turned down, would be progress for some. Thanks for writing this. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Apr 2014 (#)

I don't think that the problem is the I-Phone, but the need that many people have to put their every move and their every thought on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Those are their addictions, the only thing the I-Phone does is make it easier for them to engage in their addiction.

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author avatar Ptrikha
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Discretion is the need of the hour.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. Agreed.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Good points, Jerry. I don't know why people need to post their every move and every thought online. And congrats to you for being the Author of the Day!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Apr 2014 (#)

I had to revisit this comment. I think that people who feel that they have to post their every move and every thought on their Facebook or Twitter page are too full of themselves if they think everything they think, say, or do is that important and they need to learn a little humility.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Apr 2014 (#)

It certainly depends on what the phone is used for -- using it to connect can be a real lifeline. Using it and ignoring life & people in the immediate vicinity can be a death sentence to relationships.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Apr 2014 (#)

Well said, Phyl. What good is meeting a friend for dinner if all you're going to do is play with your phone? It's better to focus on the real human being in front of you than the virtual ones on screen.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Hi Connie, An excellent post and I agree with you completely. I see far too many people using their phone when they should be experiencing life in the here and now. Good in an emergency, terrible when it becomes an addiction.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Agreed, Kingwell. We all should be living in the here and now and not on the phone.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Apr 2014 (#)

I agree with you Connie. We have crossed into uncharted territory without knowing the consequences. I see around me people self-absorbed more and more by the day. It is like knowing the cost of everything but not the value of relationship that has descended to flippant and superficial. When we do not care about society, why should society care about us? Down few years we will cease to be human and more like robots without feelings. Cell phone too is a classic duality of creation and invention - it has real value but is also a weapon of mass destruction of relationship! siva

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author avatar ritzwitz
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Absolutely right. Thanks to Steve Jobs for introducing this awesome technology to the world. Now its our responsibility to use it at the right time and for the right purpose.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th Apr 2014 (#)

There are every reasons to say that the cell phones might get us hold....

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author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Well said, ritzwitz. There is a time and place for everything.
Agreed, Md Rezaul Karim.
Siva, you are always so wise. I like your phrase: "weapon of mass destruction of relationship. I think you are right. We are turning into robots, sad to say.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Very true my friend we are addicted to technology in all the aspects, still I don't believe in texting and Facebook. Interesting post and fact filled indeed!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks so much, Fern.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
17th Jul 2014 (#)

Hey Connie

We meet again. Yeah! I agree with your point of view on this topic.

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