Um. Yes. 

But only because they are pretty darn smart.  Our phones can give us directions to anywhere we want to go, take high resolution selfies (because it wants us to feel pretty), answer questions we're dumb enough to ask and usually it's voice is sexier and more articulated than our own.

One small window for man, one giant screen for mankind

Yes, it spends most of it's waking day looking up, while we are unfortunately looking down, at it.  We give it more attention than most people in our lives to include clients, friends or significant others.   We would really like to think this little device that we regard like another appendage is making our lives easier, healthier and the world more accessible, but it keeps our attention looking through that little tiny window instead of realizing the beauty and excitement that is in our own living environment.  So, what do we do?  Oh...well, we ask the developers to make our phones with a bigger screen.  Uh.  Ya.  That solves the problem.  Right?  Wrong!

What?  ..there's something wrong with that?

So, how much of our life do we spend looking for bigger screens when what we really need is to see what we're missing in our life?  We are so tech enthusiastic that we've begun to form what seems like harmless dependencies on things that we look to for solutions, excuses and reasons why we can't live without any of them.  Um, did somebody say addiction?

Yes, we are socially addicted and technologically dependent on these little buggers and we all just go along with it because it's the thing to do.  Every year they get cuter, bigger, slimmer, fancier and more expensive.  They have more features, more spouses (we call them watches and wireless ear buds), more attractive skins and are always about to be replaced by the newest model due to be released usually 10 minutes following our purchase.  And yes, we want one of those too.  Why?  Because everyone else will have one!

Yum!

We are like kids in a candy store.  In fact, most cell phone stores kinda' look like candy stores.  My sweet tooth is calling with the latest iPhone® release and I'm not alone.  According to an article on statista.com, Apple iPhone - Statistics and Facts, iPhone® sales jumped from 40 million units sold in 2010 to more than 210 million in 2016.  That reflects more than 54 billion dollars in revenue in the 4th quarter of 2016.  And that's just one kind of candy!  There's Samsung®, LG®, Nokia®, Pixel®, etc.

It always starts in a bar

When is the last time you went anywhere and didn't see most people looking at their phones.  Let's face it, they are a lot more "smart" then "phones".  Most of us spend most of our time interacting with something on our phone rather than actually talking to real people through it.

Go to a place like a bar at 5pm and if the patrons are alone, most are looking at their phones.  They aren't looking to the person next to them and improving their social skills.  No.  The people next to them are strangers!  That would be weird! 

Most of us have about 500 friends on social media at our finger tips, plus a bunch of really cute kitten videos on YouTube®.  Who needs actual in-person interaction?  Soon, we won't have to be around real people at all.  We will be able to shop, date, read, watch, talk, learn and monitor our heart rates all on our super cool smartphones.  WAIT!  We already can do that.  What?!  Life is getting so unbelievably awesome.  

So, maybe we really don't want to talk to strangers, but isn't it weird that we want to watch them and their funny memes and videos all over our social media feed, delivered by friends of friends who know some stranger that might actually be related to the guy sitting right next to us in the bar?  Now, that's weird! wink

Okay.  Keep the phone, but don't let your social media account and awesome smartphone destroy your social skills.  It won't really help to know everyone online if you don't know how to speak to anyone in person. Duh!       OurDMK.com



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