It’s no secret that we’re all glued to technology.
The majority of our interactions with others come through some form of technology – a cell phone, computer, tablet, etc.
We’re addicted to it.
Our attention is no longer on the people and places were surrounded by, it’s now on how many likes our last photo got.
While it may seem as though liking an Instagram photo or sending a Snapchat or updating your status on Facebook is a “social interaction,” it’s not.
We’re no longer living in the moment.
Instead, we’ve become completely consumed by technology and in turn, are much less likely to engage in person-to-person interactions.
Researchers have even suggested a link between the rise in mental health problems with the amount of screen time individuals have on a daily basis. Much of this screen time is spent on social media, outlets that only serve to show the highlights of a person’s life and thus contribute to unrealistic comparisons and expectations of one’s own life.
So, not only is technology pulling us further away from the people we love, it’s also pulling us away from reality.
To combat this, we have to stop socializing purely through technology and start socializing in-person again.
Apple recently introduced a new screen-time feature, highlighting how many hours a day you spend on your phone – going so far as to specify the exact type of content you were looking at.
It’s certainly a step in the right direction. But, in reality how many people are going to actually change their viewing habits based on this report? Probably not a lot.
We each have to make a concerted effort to be present with one another and not with technology.
Find out more in the video below!