Before I proceed with the actual content of the post, I’d like to apologize to the few followers I have (who might even have forgotten this blog by this time) for the time it took for me to write something new. Even more so, I should probably apologize to myself for not writing enough even after deciding to write. As usual, “life” happened to me; I got busy in my new job; found some new passions and had long forgotten this blog when I decided to write something a couple of days ago. While that post is still in draft, this post is inspired by something I saw today at a company event.
A couple of years ago, when people from my generation were just kids, a new thing came into the market which allowed you to talk to anyone far away without any wires. There were cordless phones before that but they couldn’t be taken out anywhere to talk. This invention, a mobile phone, was fascinating.
Times changed and then came phones with colors, then the ones with cameras, then we had phones that allowed you to take your own pics with front cameras. With thousands of different phones in the market, they were soon everywhere. Everyone was (and still is) looking for the best phone according to their needs. This invention has become a necessity in today’s world and life without it seems impossible.
However, please note that I’ve used the word “seems” in the last sentence. Even though the life seems impossible without mobiles, we’ve assumed (or probably agreed) that it “is” impossible. The dependency on this device has increased to a level that we’re having problems like this. (For those of you who’re too lazy to open it and read, here’s an excerpt from the Wiki:
Phantom vibration syndrome or phantom ringing is the perception that one’s mobile phone is vibrating or ringing when it is not ringing.
The cause of phantom vibrations is not known. Preliminary research suggests it is related to over-involvement with one’s cell phone. Vibrations typically begin occurring after carrying a phone for between one month and one year. It has been suggested that, when anticipating a phone call, the cerebral cortex may misinterpret other sensory input (such as muscle contractions, pressure from clothing, or music) as a phone vibration or ring tone.
But this is not the only problem we face. According to this article,
Average user picks up their device 85 times a DAY – twice as often as they realise.
These results suggest that people may be more addicted to using their devices than they realise, too.
A separate study recently found that the more a person uses a phone, the worse the addiction gets and this can lead to moodiness, loneliness and jealousy.
What inspired this post, as I said, was something I noticed today at a company event where the guy sitting in front of me was, after unlocking his mobile, opening and closing the applications menu about 7 to 8 times consecutively “without even realising”. This whole activity was repeated about every 15 minutes or so. What disturbed me and (for the good) brought me back to this blog was the habit we all are forming with our mobile phones. I am not talking about just that one guy, I am talking about you, me, your brothers and sisters, your friends who all are probably falling or have fallen into this unusual habit. While this may not be a critical problem, but there soon might be a time when we’ll regret having this habit. As the saying goes, “Excess of everything is bad”, we need to check this unusual and sweet habit and we need to stop checking your smartphone every six minutes.
You can go through this link to read about it more: