Are We Missing out on Life’s Experiences With Screens?

Long gone are the days where simplicity, enjoyment, living life at the fullest extent, enjoying and experiencing life without the use of smartphones, tablet screens and so many more. Are we really missing out on life’s experiences? Everything in life has its limitations, and in today’s society, people tend to go overboard with posting everything and anything they see. They are not really experiencing life, they are merely trying to capture anything and everything to share on social media networks, capture photos and share them on photo sharing sites.

Long gone are the days where people used to go to concerts and shows where everyone’s eyes and attention was looking at the stage without wanding lights coming from smartphones and tablets. Now with thousands of people capturing moments with their devices, these concerts and these special events in a person’s life is being video taped by the videographer’s of the concert, venue, and even when people witness a wedding or a reception.

I understand that you want to keep your personal memories too, of which taking pictures and everything and that is fine, but always wanding a device isn’t really the same as actually witnessing something happen before your eyes. Some moments are meant to be lived without screens, and where down the road you can remember it in your mind, and the good times to remind yourself and those who you lived those memories with.

I mean yes, special and beautiful events such as babies when they are born, their actions, and everything else need to be documented and everything, and there are moments in a person’s life that should be kept private and not for the world to see. Do not worry if you tell someone what your child did, or said that they will not believe you. They will. You do not need to always have proof or a video of something.

You really do not have to be in competition with the world and join a popularity contest because you want to be the first ones to capture something and put so many hashtags, and post something for the sake of posting something. It should never be that way.

People have the perception that if they do not capture, video, then post it on social media, the internet, tweet about it, that some people think that they are lying without providing proof that things actually did occur. I think that everything has its limits and not everything should be published online. Some things should be kept a secret, things should be kept private. Unfortunately, privacy is non-existent in today’s world because of these devices.

When people travel and explore the world, people will always have that force of habit to document every moment with screens, but the world has become smaller and people are more familiar with everything because people do research and look up videos and get more curious to find things out all the time, but the important thing to remember is that it is not fair to capture something, and then the soon to be traveler going to that place will see what it is all about and then that person or person’s will not be surprised anymore. It will all be spoiled for them

Some things are meant to be left unsaid, some things are meant to be explored without having people always telling others about something. People need to experience and form their own opinions.

I am all for and support smartphones, video, cameras, tablets and other devices, and I have them as well, but there is a limit and a lot of people now have crossed that limit. Screens have become addicting and it is so on the rise, that some people cannot go 5 minutes without looking at their phone. They bring it with them to bed, they check messages before bed, waking up, during meals, at work, during cooking meals, tending to their families, even while driving. Nobody should have their phones or other devices while driving. That is not only dangerous but very ridiculous.

In the past before all these devices came out, how do you think people passed their time? There was twice as much homework to do after school for the students, school times were longer, there was no use of devices, people had to make their own games and toys to physically play with, not one of those gaming consoles, people were outside playing, enjoying the true essence of life, more love, respect and family time, people didn’t have the luxury of instantly finding information, where they had to jet off to the library to find books, encyclopedia’s without the use of the internet or software.

With all that being said, people need to put their screens down and look up to enjoy life more, to witness things, to observe, and to capture the beauty of the world with your eyes. Not with screens. They shouldn’t be your eyes. Be more social, talk, take a pen and physically write without the use of keyboards and keypads.

Think about it. Experience life, put down your device and do it right now.

8 thoughts on “Are We Missing out on Life’s Experiences With Screens?

  1. IreneDesign2011 says:

    I agree, it can be too much use of screens. When my kids got their first mobiles, I demanded them to keep the mobiles away from our table, while we were dining. This was not popular, but they did respect this rule. If people called, while we were dining, we didn’t answer our phones. I told my kids, that if it was important, they would call again. Even today where they are adults, they respect this.

  2. Miriam says:

    Thanks for a thought provoking post that I think we can all relate to. And I agree with you whole heartedly that not everything needs to be posted. It’s all about balance, living in the moment and realizing that we don’t have to prove anything to the world. Now I’m going to put down my phone and disconnect for awhile!

  3. Scott Marshall says:

    So true it is a dilemma but being selective is key and having some social protocols which are respected – but what are these protocols and who decides – our social etiquette was passed on by our parents and passed to them previously – could talk about this all day without achieving anything

  4. Paige says:

    I agree. I have to make a mental note sometimes to not be on my phone when I’m out with family or watching a movie with my son. It’s hard sometimes but I’m getting better at it. I usually just check social media and then I’m done. I don’t have games and all that, that’s usually when it’s bad. Playing those games gets addicting and I’ve seen a lot of time lost because they want to sit on their phone instead of spending time with loved ones.

  5. JojoBean says:

    Yep, that’s why I let my phone battery die, then I can say “oops, sorry, my phone was dead” for a couple days, and “I only have one charger and left it at work” 🙂 my quiet time!

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