Last week I wrote about the effects my cell phone has on me. This week, continuing to draw from my pastor’s wisdom, I want to provoke your thoughts regarding how our cell phones affect other people.
We’ve always lived in a world of distractions—the rooster crows, the baby cries, the phone rings, the car breaks down… Distractions have changed, though, since the advent of the smart phone. First of all, that handy little pad is always there. It’s myriad of sounds and flashes pull us out of thought, work, or conversation. Worse yet, even when our phones are silent, they implicitly call to us with a waiting world of information and entertainment. The statistics regarding how often we access are phone are staggering. You can take a look at a few of them here: how often do we touch our phones – Bing. I hope they don’t apply to you, or to me, yet…
- Some of us text while driving, or at least take a call while behind the wheel. That takes our minds off the road. The National Safety Council says, “There’s no save level of distracted driving.”
- We go to the park with our kids, or dinner with someone important to us, and we can’t seem to keep our phones in our pockets for the duration. What does this say to those we love? (Remember, a couple of decades ago, whoever was trying to reach us managed to survive without us until we got home.)
- Our minds get clogged with information about things that really don’t matter. (Who was that actor? What was that score? Have I seen the latest video by…) Then we fail to focus on the importance of someone else’s need or request. Could it be we even pray a lot less with all that trivia swirling through our thoughts?