Have you ever thought of spending a day without texting, updating social media status or picking up your phone and looking at the screen mindlessly? Would you enjoy a picnic or a party just chatting with your friends and dancing the night away without posting it on your social media accounts? Do you get annoyed when someone is texting or looking at their phone screens when you’re talking to them? Well, if you do, contemplate on the questions above and see if you are or someone you know is one of the smartphone-zombies.
According to Tecmark, people use their phones to do more than 200 tasks each day (texting, checking emails, checking the weather and news, updating social media status, etc.) Users also pick up their phones for more than a thousand times to complete the mentioned tasks. A video uploaded by BuzzFeed shows how often a user checks his or her phone using a phone application called Moment. It tracks how long a user have been on the phone (in minutes) and allows him or her to set an alert and limit the time spent holding the phone or just staring at the screen. The app promises to change the user’s phone habits with their tag line “Put down your phone and get back to your life.” Watch the video and see for yourself.
Virtual communication and technology are important so one can stay connected and not miss out on everyday events. However, the great Hippocrates once said, “Everything in excess is opposed to nature.” Thus, moderation is imperative.
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