Technology: A Huge Distraction

Smartphones prevent communication

Hello out there.  I hope everyone is having a great Sunday.  We got all of our farm chores out of the way just before the rain started pouring down.  There’s nothing better than sitting in my den with the windows open, listening to the rain beat down on the metal roof of the porch.  My wife went to town to do some shopping at Tractor Supply Company, and as much as I would have loved to go with her (wink wink), I decided to stay here.  So I’ve got a little bit of time to write another blog post.

Today I’d like to talk about how distracted our society is by the internet and social media.  Everywhere I go, I am amazed by how many people are staring at their phones instead of interacting with each other.  We went to eat at a restaurant in town last week because neither of us had the energy to cook a meal, and I counted one table (besides our own) in which the people were not looking at their phones.  No one was talking to each other, they barely talked to their waitress, and they barely even noticed that their food had arrived because they were all so engrossed with whatever they were looking at on their phones.

Don’t get me wrong, I use my smartphone way too much as well, but I try to limit it to certain times of the day when I have a few minutes to check Facebook to keep up with all of my friends and family across the country, read some news articles, and look up information about the care of our animals.  I’ve found the best time to look at my phone and prevent myself from being distracted from my life is when I’m on the toilet.  You may laugh, but that is the time that I’m alone and I’m supposed to shut everything and everyone out.

At the high school where I work, the students are not allowed to have their phones out except at lunch.  If they are caught with their phone out in any class, they are taken away until the parents come to the school to pick them up.  This is a great rule for many reasons, but every time I walk into the cafeteria, hardly any of the students are interacting with each other face to face.  They’re all snap-chatting each other with their phones or posting Instagram photos or doing whatever else kids of today do on their phones.

It’s just such a huge difference between this generation and the ones of the past.  I understand that technology has developed greatly, but I feel that it is causing a huge disconnect in today’s society.  I guess you could say that technology is a scapegoat for a lot of the problems in the world.  Parents don’t know what their kids are up to because they rarely talk to them and ask them questions.  Kids can look up anything they want on the internet, and there is a lot of dangerous stuff on the internet.

As adults who grew up without smartphones and Facebook and Instagram, etc. we need to come up with a way to ensure the youth of today are still learning family values, how to communicate with people, how to do things on their own, how to get outside and enjoy nature.

We don’t have kids personally, but you can bet if we did that ours wouldn’t even own a smartphone until they could pay for it themselves, and then they would have strict guidelines for when they could use it.

Just my two cents.

-Pete