Sunday, 25 March 2018

We Can't Escape

I was sitting in a restaurant last weekend, celebrating a belated Mother's Day. Despite being deep in conversation with my mum opposite, I couldn't help glancing across to a table on our right. The woman sat, hardly looking up from her phone, whilst her relatives struggled for conversation, which she was absent from. 

I felt the urge to tell her to put her phone down, and instead chat to the people in front of her. But let's be honest here, that was never something I was going to do. 


As a teenager, I am stereotyped to be tethered to my phone 24/7, as if it is an extension of my body. 

Yes, I do find myself absentmindedly scrolling through my Facebook news feed after a long day, or posting a quick photo on Snapchat. But if I'm having a conversation with somebody, or out with family/friends, I try to put it away. Because isn't it better to experience the tangible world, rather than a virtual one that sits in our palm?

As a blogger, I do rely on social media to form contacts, and don't get me wrong - I've met so many lovely people through the internet, and received opportunities that I would not have had, otherwise.

There are so many beautiful things that this online world allows us to do, but I think that it's so easy to get wrapped up in this and forget that there's a firm line between the digital and real world: a divide that our society has, somewhat, blurred. 

I'm not saying we should stop using social media, say goodbye to google and go complete cold-turkey, because, let's be honest, the internet is pretty amazing. 

But, please, if you find yourself too enveloped in the universe sitting within your hand, try to put it down and take in the world around you a little more. I think we'll all feel a bit better in the long run. 

I was inspired to write this by the Michalak's video, which you can watch here.
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12 comments

  1. I heavily relate to this post. I think I find myself happiest when I’m doing things in the real world and then just merely blogging about those things instead of having social media and blogging take over from meeting with the real world. The online world is great— but we should explore way more.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. I totally agree. I think the internet is fab, but as an extra element to our everyday lives, rather than something that takes over! Xx

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  2. This is tru! I try to turn my phone on silent when Im talking to people or just put it away.
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    1. I think it's so important, thank you for taking the time to comment!

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  3. I find myself a lot of times looking at my phone when I could be talking to friends or family but I'm really trying to get better. Awesome post!

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    1. I think the active effort to try and put your phone down is just as important, thank you for reading Nabila!! Xx

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  4. i think it's so important to try and live in the moment more. So many people (including myself a lot of the time) get caught up, and it's always beneficial to be more present!

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    1. I agree, it's so easy to get caught up - sometimes it's so much better to step back! Xx

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  5. who can help it? but it is good to stop and take in the world without your phone. I guess it's a good thing I'm not on any social media or else I would be checking for updates or making updates a lot.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. It is hard as we have become so reliant on phones! You're not on any social media?? I'm impressed - I do find it useful to keep in contact with people and see what's going on, but it can be distracting. You too! Xx

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  6. Well I always maintain some time away from electronic gadgets everyday 😃

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    1. That's fab, I think it's so important to maintain this time away!

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