Technology was supposed to set us free and take us further into the future, but it turned out to be counter-productive. Increased smartphone use is destroying our attention spans, and social media is changing the way we communicate with each other and share information about ourselves.
Let's face it, most of us don't even go to the bathroom without our phones. It seems that we get so lost and fascinated by the things we see on the screens of our phones that we forget about the fact that the real world is out there and that time is running out.
Can you imagine what sorts of negative effects technology can have on our social interactions? Here are just some of the things that will make you change your mind about the technology that you're using every day.
Our Kids Will Never Play Again
It seems that kids are only playing video games these days and if parents send them outside to play with other kids, this is how they'll do it.
This Is so Sad
Kids are being shaped by the things they see online and they'll never get the same experiences that older generations got when they were young.
Follow the Bikes!
And if you think that this is just nostalgia talking, it's not. Playing sports or other games outside during childhood is a completely different experience than playing online games which simulate the experience.
They Are Happier Than Most Kids These Days
From this point of view, it seems that imagination, spontaneity and an adventurous spirit is something that kids will never get if they are glued to their phones.
Is This Really That Necessary?
It seems that people will do anything for a cool selfie that gets a lot of likes and comments. But it's also true that thousands of those selfies will be forgotten the next day.
First Rule of Eating Outside: Take a Pic!
How hard is it to enjoy a decent meal without taking a photo of it? It seems like we keep our experiences stored on our phones, instead of in our hearts and minds.
But First, Let Us Take a Picture!
There are so many videos and photos of 'fails' and accidents where people could actually help out instead of documenting them.
Sometimes, Phones Can Be Useful
You can basically say anything online these days, but there are some moments when the truth comes out.
We All Do This
Since when did doorbells become totally uncool? Using them is much faster than awkwardly texting or calling someone.
This Is so True
And when your battery runs out, you actually have to talk to people.
Everyone Should Try This
We need to think about limiting our use of phones in social interactions.
How Long Would This Rule Be Obeyed in Your House?
A recent study has shown that increased social media use actually makes you jealous of other people and therefore, more depressed.
The study was conducted in Denmark, and the results concluded that the test group which stopped using Facebook for a week was much happier and much more active.
Family Dinners Should Be Some Quality Time Spent Together
Even TV dinners look better than this. Are people so sick of talking to their families in person that they have to stay on their phones for the entire meal?
Just One More Scroll, I Promise
Even if you think the content is relevant to you, it might be a total waste of time because you'll just forget about it after a couple of hours.
What Is That Man Doing Without a Phone in His Hands??
It's not just a joke, but it's a fact that people who distance themselves from increased smartphone use and from 'hanging out' with their friends online are considered to be outcasts.
This Just Hurts!
The time that you share with someone is precious, don't waste it by sharing meaningless stuff online.
A Modern Marriage Ceremony
Even if your closest friends are attending the wedding, you need to let your 500+ Facebook friends (that you've only met once or twice) know that you got married and that you looked amazing.
Think About What Technology Means to You
Things are changing rapidly, and it will take some time before we learn the long-term effects of increased technology use. Our everyday lives have totally transformed because of smartphones and other new technologies, and we should think about using them to improve our lives.