Humans were designed to talk to one another. Imagine you’re on the bus or subway and what is the one thing that you see everyone doing. Looking down at their cell phones , Why is this now the new normal? Our generation is more attached to our devices than anything else.
A study done by Bloomberg.com found that the average home has about three or more devices. This includes laptops, tablets, televison, video game systems and so on.
Even our professor said that cellphones are having a negative effect on the way that we learn. This is becoming more common as technology continues to advance. Students are always looking at their phones instead of paying attention in class. Then they wonder why they are not getting very great scores on their tests. Even during study/homework time students are spending way too much time on Facebook and YouTube.
Our social skills seem to get worse as well. Now at the dinner table more families are paying attention to their mobile device. Instead of talking to one another.
Accroding to sleep.org, this is bad because the blue light that some devices emit make the brain think that its time to stay up. So just watching You Tube or scrolling through Instagram for quick second can turn into hours. The lack of sleep can also lead to poor concentration in school which is a really big problem . If your brain is not fully rested it will not be able to retain any information. Many people complain about not getting a good night well here is a good reason why. Sleep researchers have found a correlation between goiing to bed with a device and poor sleep paterns.
So how can we fix this problem?
Well there are few steps that you can take, first limit the amount of time you are on your device, and yes I know we as college students do the majority of our work online. This takes a lot of discipline. Think about why you came to college in the first place. The main goal is hopefully to learn. Also remember that you are paying thousands of dollars per class so it would be wise to actually pay attention.
While you’re our out with your family instead of always trying to get the perfect photo live in the moment. If you are with a groups if friends, make an agreement to it look at your phone no more than three times. Instead actually talk to one another. Ask about each other’s day. Plus, if you really think about it starting at your phone while someone is talking to you is very rude.
When it comes to sleep according to sleep.org you should turn off all electronic devices prior to going to bed. Like two hours or more. Instead pick up a really boring book (like a chemistry book).
This will take some time. Don’t try to do all this at once. Take baby steps before doing any drastic changes.
Sometimes we need to take a break from the virtual world and take a moment to pay attention to things that are happening right in front of us.