The cell phone, dream killer of our time
A person on a cell phone
The average person spends about eight years looking at their cell phone. These touch screens are likely to be harmful if not supported.
What do we usually do when we are bored at parties? We turn to our phone for instant relief from growing boredom.
We live in a world where in a room full of friends, one can disengage because everyone is busy on their cell phone; scroll to read a Tweet, zoom in to see a particular outfit, and laugh out loud at a post.
Having everything we want is just a click away. It’s instant gratification, finding solace in phones besides “in person” conversation is the synergy of humanity. We have replaced reality with virtual engagements.
The more sophisticated and easy phone use becomes, the more suffocated we feel, due to the way we use the medium, replacing human connections and interaction with 24/7 internet connectivity.
On average, people spend three hours and 15 minutes a day on their phone. They also check their phones an average of 58 times a day. The average Ghanaian spends more than seven minutes on the phone after waking up. Phones are the last ones we wish goodnight, indicating how quickly we engage with them.
According to research, being glued to phones harms our health and our dreams. Here are some tips to keep you informed.
Mobile phones are designed by computer engineers who have studied game theories. Their next inventions are designed to manipulate and trick users into sticking with their products, but these experts cannot fit human dreams and aspirations into these devices.
Phones have a huge influence on users, affecting their determinism in life. Cell phones have killed more dreams than death ever could. Sleeping with the mobile phone influences decisions, thinking and dreams.
Ideally, a good habit is to leave your phone out of the bedroom. When you get up, engage in a morning ritual of meditation, imagination, prayer, visualization, etc.
Journal your priorities and plan your day. Your mind will be activated and your dream and purpose will come into focus.
Writing should not be a thing of the past. Instill the habit of using sticky notes on the walls, refrigerators, and viewing areas of your bedroom that will serve as reminders of what to think and how to think, instead of checking Facebook posts or statuses WhatsApp.
A timely reminder of your ambitions on your phone will help you stay in control of your phone.
Without any restrictions, mobile phones can access all the information we want with 24/7 internet connectivity; however, we must learn to be picky with what is consumed to find an escape from boredom.
Entrusting feelings to the way people live on “social media” is dangerous. Seek help from family or friends who are willing to listen and help you heal.
A good conversation with a close relative is better than an anonymous person somewhere on social media.
As humans develop cognition, explore new phenomena and experiment. Mobile telephony is subverted, resulting in isolation in society.
Mobile phones should be assistive devices; help us achieve the best of ourselves. Despite its dynamics, there is a limit to its capabilities.
It is necessary for us to maintain human conversations for balance and health in all endeavours. Own your phone, don’t let it own you.
The author is a student at the School of Communication and Media Studies (SCMS), UEW.