Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at a cell phone?
Every time I watch the video below where I got this quote, something rises up in me emotionally. Its weird to have such a visceral reaction to a commentary on our obsession with devices – but I know the reason is that I am often in many of the traps he describes.
Take a moment and watch it:
Some of the great lines:
Do I not have the patience to have ‘Cnvrstn’ without ‘Abrvtn’ / This is the era of media overstimulation
The news is a hundred and forty characters
And this is the one that really hit home for me:
No longer do I want to spoil a precious moment by recording it with a phone / I’m just gonna keep them
I don’t wanna take a picture of my meals anymore / I’m just gonna eat them
The part about precious moments is often me – scrambling to get my phone out and actually missing the moment.
What a shame.
But like he says, all of this is a choice. And each day I am making a point to choose a little better.
For one thing, I don’t get the neck ache I used to have after my commute anymore because I don’t spend the whole ride looking down at my phone.