I’ve told you about my iPhone before. About my undying love for it, I mean.
Some studies and observations have shown that technology (and smartphones, especially) are ruining our lives, our connections, our relationships.
I’m here to disagree with that.
Sure, it’s infinitely annoying when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone and their eyes are consistently sliding toward the little white screen in their hand. I’ve been guilty of being the person with the screen, as my smartphone-less, Facebook-less boyfriend will attest to. But most of the time, I try to keep it at an arms-length when we’re spending time together, even turning it over so I can’t see the screen at all while at dinner or while hanging out and talking, etc.
But, I believe that technology and the smartphone is helping introverts like me.
If you know me, I’m a pretty quiet person in general, but I do get less quiet the more you get to know me. I don’t speak unless I have something to say, and sometimes even then I restrain myself if I deem it unimportant to the topic at hand.
But, on the Internet? I blog on a regular basis. I tweet articles I’ve read, other people’s quotes I like, and interact as much as I can. I also play MMOs that allow me to talk to people in a minimal pressure environment, either instant-messaging in-game or over push-to-talk voice chat programs. As I’ve mentioned before, I have an amazing guild of people I talk to on a regular basis, and some I’ve even met in person (which it’s basically like hanging out with any other person, except it happens to be the first time you’ve met them).
However, there is a time where the technology needs to take the back burner and when you’re around friends, family, and other people you care about, it’s best to put the phone away. And that’s exactly what I try to do.
The point is, it’s a balance. No, technology isn’t ruining us. How can we blame a faceless, intangible entity on ruining our lives? The only people who can make our choices for us is ourselves, and if we are pushing ourselves toward this addictive tendency for technology, then we are the only ones who can change that for the better.
When I’m away from those I love, it helps me keep in touch with them. When I’m actually with them in person, the phone goes away. As simple as that.
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