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Do you remember what we used to do before internet and smart phones came into our lives? Honestly, I dont remember! All I know is I cannot live without my phone and having no connection (no Wifi and no internet) is not an option. What have we become?
My first mobile phone was given to me when I was in college. It wasn't really my phone. It was my mum's phone but because she didnt want to carry it around (there was no need to back then), she gave it to me to carry around in case she needed to call me while I'm out. I remember that I was one of the few with handphones back then. It was expensive to own one at the time. Now, anyone can own mobile phones because it is getting cheaper and cheaper. We are not talking about iPhones and Samsung phones here of course. There are many China brand phones that people can buy and use and they function just the same as our iPhones and other smartphones if not better.
I dread to think about the time my kids will want their own phones. At the moment, it is tough enough to stop them being glued to the iPads and iPads are a one way street. With a phone, they can receive calls and whatnot and I hear so many stories about teenagers being lured into all sorts of nonsense via their mobile phone. It scares me.
My kids are only allowed to be on their iPads during weekends. Come Saturday morning, they will wake up at 6.30am (I want to cry every time) and look for their iPads! Luckily, they dont argue with me about this rule because I am very strict and firm about it. They know they won't be given their iPads on weekdays at all.
These days, with the technology and social media, it is difficult to even have a decent conversation without the other person checking their phones or taking photos of food. Mind you, I am guilty of it too yet, I dont understand why I do it myself. It is annoying when people do it to me but sometimes, I can't help myself! What is the point of taking photos of food??? You tell me? Is it to tell people we eat at fancy restaurants? Is it to show people the presentation of the food is nice? I dont know why I do it. I guess I do it because everyone is doing it. See, peer pressure. Even at 37 years old. What the hell?
My husband is also hooked on his phone lately (playing his car game and reading news, amongst other things!), my kids are always asking for their iPads and I am busy on my phone too. Weekends, instead of talking, we are on our gadget and it annoys me. Since everyone is busy on their gadgets, I may as well join in.
I should stop this behaviour. Am I strong enough??? I shall try.
I hate that we are so disconnected.
I hate that people know more about everyone's lives but they dont know each other in real life. I hate that people know me from my Facebook and instagram but they dont know me in real life. I hate that I know a person's life from social media when we all know that on Social Media, you only show what you want people to see instead of what is real. So yea…it is a love hate situation here.
To think that it is only going to get worse in the future, it is even scarier.
God help us!