Hey! One of my favorite blogs has posted an interesting article about the effect phones have on our lifes: The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed”.
Here are some of my favorite parts:
Essentially, we all have a risk-free ripcord we can pull at the first pang of boredom or desire for novelty, and of course those pangs occur constantly.
[…] when you add a small, immediate cost to unlocking your phone (in this case a twenty-second walk to the concourse), it suddenly isn’t worth doing.
I’m pretty sure a lot of people can relate to this. As soon as you put up a small “barrier” between you and your phone, it’s not nearly as enticing to use it anymore. That’s why it’s generally advised to put your phone outside of your bedroom as the few steps you have to make to use your phone in bed is enough to stop you from using it alltogether (just to name an example that utilizes this method).
This one, however, is by far my favorite:
I imagine that in another decade or two we’ll look at 2010s-era device use something like we do now with cigarette smoking. I was born in 1980, and I remember smoking sections on planes, which is unthinkable today. I wonder if today’s kids will one day vaguely remember the brief, bizarre time when people didn’t think twice about lighting up a screen in the middle of a darkened concert hall.
With already multiple studies being released linking phone usage to mental and physical health problems, it’s only a matter of time until we get even more concrete evidence of this connection. I also find the comparison to society’s previous acceptance of smoking in public places very fitting!