A couple of events have happened to me recently prompting me to post this. First of all, I finally got a smartphone. More importantly, I realized that I really didn’t need a smartphone after receiving it. And most important of all is the daily reminder on the bus that this entire generation is addicted to their devices, and coming to an understanding of just how sad it is.
It really is just that. It’s pathetic how most adolescents these days are constantly glued to their devices, and probably can’t make it a day without their precious goods. After having a smartphone for a couple weeks, I’ve come to the realization that it was wholly unnecessary, and I probably would have been fine without one (perhaps a little less happy, but very little indeed). Yeah, it’s nice to have a phone that can access WiFi, but other than that, I don’t use it for much. It’s a $400 distraction, one I could probably do without. A couple reasons for that.
First of all, I hate texting. I’m not antisocial, but who in their right mind likes rapidly typing and maintaining a conversation on a two inch screen? It isn’t natural. Maybe I’m talking like a senior, but texting is exceedingly difficult and tedious, and for that reason I don’t see why it appeals to people so much. I also don’t see the craze with games. It’s fun to play some Candy Crush every now and then for ten minutes, but beyond that, do you really get any pleasure out of it? I don’t think there’s any game that addictive, so let’s call it how it is: people only play games to get away from having to interact with other people. How can you play something on your phone for almost an hour on the bus without getting bored? Jesus, the whole world is outside the window; interact a little with something beyond your five inch screen. Same thing goes for watching videos on your phone 24/7. You’re lying if you tell me you like it, because no one can enjoy a video on a screen that small. The things people do to escape from the horrors of having to interact with peers.
I got my first phone towards the end of ninth grade, one of the cheap prepaid phones that is everyone’s first phone. I hated it for a long time, but after I got my smartphone, I began appreciating it more. The simplicity of the phone let me use it for what it actually is: a phone, nothing more. I’m happy I had it, because so many of my peers are addicted to their devices – I’m happy I didn’t end up like that, because I had a phone that no one liked. Poor phone plan aside, and excluding only a couple circumstances, I’d be fine using that phone for the rest of my life. I think younger children should really have phones like that instead of the latest iPhone. Honestly, if your parents still tuck you into bed each night, you have no business having an iPhone, and you’re going to end up like one of the (unfortunate) masses: socially inept and illiterate as a result of technology.
Read a book. If there’s one thing that can actually help you develop your brain instead of letting it rot over a phone, it’s reading. (It goes without saying that I don’t understand how people enjoy reading on their phones.) But seriously, put aside your distraction for one day, and enjoy more of the world. You’ll learn a lot, and with so many books out there, there’s bound to be something you’ll like. If you still don’t like it, just do anything other than wasting time on your devices. If there’s still nothing to do, then I’ll weep for you, because you’re a lost cause. Really. The world is bigger than five inches.