Ninety-one per cent of adults own cell phones and apparently spend 91 per cent of the time using them for talking or texting, a study on American adults have revealed.
Once upon a time, in what seems a far-off land, if we saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, we’d think he was, well, crazy. Not any more because now it is a usual thing. These days, the minute that people are alone, at a stop sign, at the checkout line in a supermarket, they panic, and they reach for a phone. On average, 18- to 24-year-olds send and receive a whopping 3,200 text messages a month.
According to a study, all this distraction is messing up our brains. It begins to crowd out all the quieter, calmer moments, when we might engage in reflection or introspection or contemplation.
So would it be smart to throw away our smartphones? Simply no, but the answer could be that we should occasionally put the thing down, look at another human being in the eye – and open up our mouth. We should talk to our children, our partner and to ourselves! It’s not about saying that we should not use our phone. It’s also not about throwing away our phone but about reclaiming our conversation.