Have you ever been out to a bar or restaurant with friends or family and realized that no one was talking to each other? Instead of interacting with the individuals sitting directly next to them, people have now opted out to chatting with their friends on social media channels instead of the original channel of face to face interaction.
When did we all become so disconnected with reality and fall into a fantasy world where we are all slaves to our cell phones? Wasn’t the purpose of these magical little torture devices was to allow us to connect to each other much easier? Now it seems like these devices are the same tools that are wedging us further and further apart.
Now I am not claiming to be a saint who does not commit this sin myself, but honestly I never noticed it until my older sister pointed out to me. Recently she had a baby and had been way too busy to keep even track of her magical little jailor before her child cries in protest of her texting. What prompted me into noticing this is one night during my visit to meet my new niece. I got up to use the bathroom and forgot my phone on the couch. Honest mistake. Upon returning into the room, I noticed half of my family texting away or surfing the internet on their mobile devices not even talking to each other.
Yes, it is true that they were instagraming, tweeting and Facebooking about the new baby, but none of use were here at the moment to witness the miracle of this little one’s journey into our world.
That’s when it hit me. I had my “ah-ha” moment. The heavens opened up, and deities from every culture and religions ever thought of came pouring out of the clear multicolored sky as the sun was setting, mixing their laughs and words of praise down onto this beautiful giggling baby girl in all of her glory. That’s when I realize. Why not live in the now. Why not start to notice the little miracles taking place right before my very own eyes?
That’s when I made a promise to myself to do just that. I will live in the now and only use social media in none social environments.
Later on, that evening I found out that I am not the only one who feels like this. The bar owner of Salve Jorge in Sao Paulo Brazil saw this trend of not interacting with people face to face occurring in his bar and decided to do something about it. His response was to create a glass that would only stand up if it were to be balancing on a cell phone.
As much as I hate the idea of my cell phone getting wet from the condensation of the glass, I do think that this is a fantastic idea. This glass is forcing people to have actual conversations with each other again. They are laughing and having fun just like they used to in the years before cell phone usage.
I believe that we all should take a step back and look at ourselves and see if we are using our cell phones and mission out on life’s many wonders. I think we should all make a conscious effort to find our human elements when interacting with each other. I know it is impossible to eliminate electronics from our lives altogether, but Instead of texting try calling each other. At least, then you can hear each other’s voices bringing some humanity back into the conversation. Also, try NOT texting when you are at dinner with friends. A quick glance at your phone is fine, but try to keep it to a minimum.
Remember! Take Chances! Make mistakes! GET MESSY!!
<—Don’t Do this haha