How many times did you check your cell phone in the past ten minutes? Many of us could not even tell, since sometimes unblocking your phone seems like an automatic gesture. This overwhelming digital era makes us wonder: how come phones have become such an extension of our body and how does that affect our mental health?
It is undeniable that these gadgets help us all solve our daily problems in a few seconds, like paying bills, making arrangements, having meetings or connecting to people around the globe. Its faculties are so powerful that they seize every area of our lives, even work. And even being a hundred per cent available for work by having an instant channel of communication wasn’t absorbing enough, cell phones took over our free time and that is where they damage the most.
Electronic devices became an easy choice to spend free time. Since using our personal cell phones is almost effortless, it is the easiest distraction when we have zero activities planned. The main problem is the stuff we miss whenever we choose them over some other project. Mobile phones allow us to stay at home doing nothing productive and solve tasks from the couch. But what about meeting friends, being outdoors, taking walks, reading a book or spending some time disconnected? It looks like those plans can become quite hard to consider.
Even when we do make this ambitious task of getting up and actually doing something with our free time, can we do it without checking our phone every three seconds? That sounds rather impossible. For instance, being disconnected is not expected from people around us, since in this accelerated world everyone is expecting a quick reply. So, if you aren’t on social media (or any app), it may seem that you don’t exist. But the real problem is what happens to us if we are always halfway present.
Maybe, without disconnecting from our cultural practices, it would be beneficial if we took some extra personal time per day. From taking a walk to breathing exercises or coffee with a friend, unplugging our minds could be a unique chance to reconnect with our own selves.