15 Ways Your Phone Is Ruining Your Life
Many people live their life with their phone by their side, which makes complete sense – after all, it can add, translate, research, and even find a date for you. It truly seems like there’s nothing your smartphone can’t do.
However, there are times where it seems like we’re starting to forget that our phones can’t actually do everything for us. The tendency to place all our trust in a tiny metal rectangle has changed people utterly over the last 20 years, in mental, physical, emotional, and social ways. Some of these changes have been positive – some, not so much.
Here are a few ways that your phone could be ruining your life – think about how many of these points ring true for you:
You think that screen time replaces friendship
Nowadays, people think that trading ‘likes’ on each other’s Instagram photos counts as a friendship. It can be incredibly difficult to schedule real-time hangouts when your schedule is packed with work and family life, so many people try and bridge the gap by connecting with friends and family online.
There’s nothing wrong with interacting online, but when it starts to replace the need for meaningful, in-person connection, then you should probably back away from the phone.
We think that it can remember things for us
When was the last time you had to memorize a string of numbers, like your social insurance, or a phone number? Do you remember how easy we used to find it? Anyone in their twenties or thirties will remembering being a kid and having their best friend’s numbers memorized.
Now, many people will sheepishly admit that they don’t even know their spouse’s number off by heart. Our ability to memorize something instantly has been replaced by the memory card on our phone.
You’re constantly unsatisfied with the pace your life is moving at
Every time you hit a milestone, whether it be at work or in your personal life, all you have to do is go on Facebook to find someone who did it in less time, or with more fanfare than you.
This is especially true in relationships. Comparing your relationship to others’ will never help you, because each one is different and goes at its own pace. Just because your best friend from third grade got married last week doesn’t mean it’s the right time for you to do the same.