Stop! using your phone

How much time do you spend on your mobile phone?

The answer to that question depends on each individual and what you do for a living. Or better yet, how they prefer to live. Would you know, I’m using my phone right now writing this blog.

Mobile phones have made the life ridiculously easier and the world extremely small. With all the applications available to us, it brings everyone closer. I get to speak to my family every single day who are an eight hour flight away. If I want to see how all grown up someone’s children are, I jump onto an app and have a little peek at their pictures. I dont know about you, but I regularly send a message before even thinking of calling. The beauty of it is that the recipient will respond as soon as you’ve sent it.

With all of that convenience comes great responsibility. Social responsibility. Responsibility of physical human contact. Responsibility of being aware of your surroundings.

A cold and sad wave washes over me when I see people dining in a restaurant and just about everyone will be on their mobile phones. What happened to social interaction while dining? Enjoying the company of others with a good meal and connecting with them face to face.

Walking in the streets and malls 8 out of 9 people I pass by will have their noses barried in their phones. I am the one who would give way to them, as they will definitely walk into me. Best of all is, they feel offended when you do actually bump noses.

Like all things, there is a place and time for everything. When walking, surely you need to see where you are going. When you are in the company of others, surely talking to them is far better and more satisfying than hiding behind your phone.

PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. Disconnect from electronics from time to time to really connect to the good things in life….like life itself.

by Odette van Jaarsveld

I am a Mom to an independent, beautiful little girl and a strong, cuddly baby boy. I also have the privilege to be a wife to a very intelligent, handsome man. My life is filled with so much love, joy and very busy days....sometimes nights too.

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