Before Smart Phones we had boundaries
Now everything seems to be urgent, just because we can…
When we wake up, energy levels are high and our minds are clean. A clean slate ready to take into the day. We are more creative, able to think clearer, yet, instead of harnessing these features and making the most out of them, we are constantly dragged into our phones to consume information or take on tasks that very rarely represent a high priority but seem prompted to feel they are, because we can address them.
Because we can, doesn't me we should or we have to.
Not long ago, before Smart Phones and high-speed mobile internet connectivity became ubiquitous, were not thinking about all the things we could do while on the go, the conversation was around the amount of things we became able to do it from home, and despite the similarities, the latter provides a level compartmentalisation that the present mobile world is now lacking. A lack of boundaries.
On his book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” Greg McKeown presented one of the most interesting and probably profound questions I have read in recent times:
Can you remember what it was like to be bored?
This doesn’t happen anymore, even when someone will answer yes, the most likely is that they went straight into their phone the first second they had to spare.
We get stressed about things that for some reason we now think that we need to address right away, right here, right now; when in reality, a few years ago, we have not thought about it in that way; it was simply not possible to do, and it was ok.
Smart Phones are powerful devices and have enabled us greatly, they have created entirely new industries and disrupt the way we live, for both good and bad. Smart Phones have also become incredibly toxic devices, not only because of the proliferation and ramifications of social media but also the behaviours they have -unsupervised and by design- established as the new normal in our societies, with perennial instant notifications battling to steal our attention and looking to pull us into the screen for as much as possible, at all cost, no matter what, and that’s where the actual problem starts and the intended benefits of the technology ends.