Monday, May 16, 2016

Don't Miss the Scenery ~ The Perils of Smart Phones

In this age of carrying around the world in the palm of our hands, when a single tap can connect us to anything we desire, I fear the days of enjoying the scenery may be slipping away.


People of all ages sit on shady swings in sunny parks, but they don’t see the beauty around them; they are looking down at the phone in their hand.


Source: Google
On a regular basis, I see families and friends at tables in restaurants, not talking to each other, but staring at their phones. It is a sad sight. I want to ask, "What's more important right now than your family, than your friends?"

A recent PEW Research study of adults sourced in a Wall Street Journal story found that in the U.S., 71% use Facebook at least occasionally. The report concluded that “we spend so much time maintaining superficial connections online that we aren’t dedicating enough time or effort to cultivating deeper real-life relationships. Too much chatter, too little real conversation.”


Commuters hop on a train, or subway, or bus, but they don’t gaze out the window as the world zooms by, allowing their minds to rest, their thoughts to form. Instead, they stare at the phone in their hands.

A road trip consists more of the passengers looking down than enjoying the view. In our travels, I see it all the time, nobody but the driver paying attention. I want to wave out the window and holler, "Get off your phone and look! "








How much we miss, whenever we stop looking.


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16 comments:

  1. Well these are absolutely wonderful photos...not sure if you took them with your phone or not. I do not own a smart phone but if I did, I would be using the camera on it more than anything I would imagine. The quality of the photos on some of them is remarkable! I love road trips and taking in all of my surroundings (except when I fall asleep when hubby is driving). I have seen the same thing in restaurants and just about everywhere...noses pointed downward, staring into a smallish hand-held device. Sad :( Great post, my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Debby. These were taken with a little point-and-shoot Kodak camera.

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  2. I can so relate to the words of that report...“we spend so much time maintaining superficial connections online that we aren’t dedicating enough time or effort to cultivating deeper real-life relationships. Too much chatter, too little real conversation.”

    About 7 months ago, I deactivated my Facebook account. I had come to the place of realizing that "like it-button communication" wasn't very satisfying to me. I stepped back from blogging too (after nearly 10 years of blogging). I abandoned the blog I had been writing and scaled WAY back on the blogs I read. I am finding that with the step back from social media, I actually have time to cultivate and enjoy "in the flesh" friendships.

    The internet is terrific, but, sadly, it has become an addiction.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Good words, Patti. I agree that stepping back is vital and finding a balance is so needed..

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  3. Oh I couldn't agree more..in fact one of my biggest pet peeves recently. I almost took a similar picture on Sat. when we were at a show and it was intermission and I looked across the aisle and virtually everyone was looking down at their phone. We have become addicted to them. There is something that can be very nice about them such as posting a picture of my newest great grand baby that I was able to post yesterday and everyone can see her too. LOVE that...but discipline is REALLY REALLY necessary and sooooo many [myself included at times] lack it. I really think the use of them should outlawed in certain places such as restaurants and theaters and etc., but alas I am sure it never will be.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes!! I too am amazed at how people spend their lives on their *devices*. I've often said that with technology and social media the way it is now, people are looking at their lives instead of living them.

    Beauty - real-life beauty - surrounds us. Look around!!

    Loved the photos!

    GOD BLESS!

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  5. I hear you, Dayle, and I agree completely. I make my grandgirls turn their phones off when they are here except during designated 'check in' times. And my husband reads in the car and misses so much- it aggravates me. xo Diana

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  6. We are on the same page! The saddest thing I see is the sight of countless young mothers pushing strollers and looking - not at their babies - but at their phones. I think back to when I was pushing my babies in prams and the constant interaction between us. Just think of what these young women and their little ones are missing!

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  7. I wish we would all get rid of smart phones. Really. I hate what they have become.

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  8. How much we miss, whenever we stop looking
    So true in So many ways . . .

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  9. I've thought these exact things so many times! I'm forever telling my boys to put their phones away — but it's hard to do when my husband is as glued to his as they are to theirs!

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  10. Husband, tom,"What are you clapping about?"
    Me, "Dayle has done it again!"
    I went on to explain to Tom this post and true it is.
    Phones down, please!

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    1. Sweet Christine, you made me smile really big, imagining you clapping ... for me. I'm praying for a safe arrival of the new grandbaby. Can't wait to know if it's a girl or boy. That's exciting!

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  11. So true, and so sad!! I am sometimes guilty but try to be aware of the world around me as I find so much beauty in the simple things. Thanks for this reminder to stop and live in the moment!

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  12. I love my smartphone, but I agree it is a challenge to keep it from being center stage all the time ... she's a prima donna if there ever was one.

    So there are times when I just put it away and not take it out. So as not to miss the world going on around me. I've always loved driving and watching the scenery go by. I still do that and love it.

    Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos today. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

    Brenda
    xo

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  13. Yes, I am grateful for the miracles of my phone but realize this technology is a trade off and not a very equal one at that. What moments we miss, well I don't because I'm busy turning from side to side to scenery watch but even drivers of other vehicles around us are looking down not ahead.

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