1. Conversations… or lack thereof — Can you remember the last time you stepped into a classroom and nearly every single person in the room didn’t have their head slumped low looking at their phones? Me neither. Cellphones create barriers between people. Instead of introducing yourself to your classmates, we merely sit next to some stranger for an entire semester whose name we only know because the teacher picked on him to answer a question last week.
2. Silence no longer exists — Rooms are now filled with taps, scrolling, camera clicks and flashes. I’m glad your best friend’s Snapchat story is the funniest thing you’ve seen all day, but I don’t know you and I don’t know your best friend so I would greatly appreciate it if you turned the volume down so I don’t have to listen to that 10-second video on repeat.
3. Popularity is now measured by likes — You’re lying if you have an Instagram account and you say you don’t care about how many likes you get on your newest upload. We all know that everyone actually cares way too much about getting 11 likes on a picture within the first 20 minutes after uploading it and if it doesn’t get 11 likes then it gets deleted. Don’t try to fool me — that picture was on my feed for 20 minutes, I saw it.
4. Food is art — I agree with this statement. Food IS art. But what isn’t art is the picture you uploaded to Instagram or your Snapchat story of your “post-workout noms” which is actually just a banana sliced over a bowl of yogurt. Not everything is picture worthy. How much space can an iPhone really have for pictures anyway?
5. Increasing number of people running into things — Cellphones are like another body part. They’re attached to us. We walk to class staring at our phones. We wait in lines staring at our phones. We even stare at our phones while we’re working out at the gym. It’s no surprise that we can’t even focus on what’s directly five feet in front us so we end up crashing into it, over it or on top of it, because we’re staring at our phones.
6. “Yo, did you see my tweet?” — If I have a Twitter account and I follow you, then I probably saw the tweet you sent four minutes ago when it showed up on my feed. It’s already a problem that we spend nearly five hours a day staring at our smartphones, but now we spend an even larger amount of time talking about what we retweeted, liked, posted or uploaded onto our smartphones. Is it really necessary to remind everyone how many followers you have? Some of those followers are just robots, you know! They don’t count!
7. Language — Can anyone tell me what exactly a “bruh” is? It’s not even a well-executed word. In order to say this word correctly, you basically have to not say a word at all. It’s essentially a sound transformed by the general teenage population into a form of greeting. “Bruh” is just one of the millions of words we use not only in face-to-face conversation, but also in our text messages, tweets, captions and posts. With immediate access to hundreds of social media accounts, we have the ability to take a word someone uses across the world and incorporate into our own lingo. “Bro” I understand, but I’m not so sure “bruh” is our best addition to the English language.
It’s time to look away from the phone and into the shining, bright light that is the beautiful, blue sky. Not your emails, text messages, Twitter feed, Instagram or any other social network you use.
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