Smarter than smartphones
Written by Jason Cruz / Illustration by Finney Santos
You may not know it, but you may be one of the many people who compromise interpersonal relationships, work productivity, social, spiritual, and personal well-being by passionately beating Candy Crush level after level in your beloved smartphone.
It is indeed very noticeable that smartphones are becoming today’s trend. Almost everyone has, as a popular smartphone manufacturer sells it, life companion. Life companion, they said. Like a philosopher’s stone! Like a precious ring with some powers that can turn you mad! It’s a genuinely adorable by-product of man’s eagerness to put anything and everything right under his very fingertips. It seems, however, that smartphones became too smart to turn the tides and make us humans its mere minions instead.
Come to think of it, the craze is undeniably too high. Everyone has a particular app in their phone that puts them to a dimension of never-ending fun and craziness, or that one app that fixates one’s narcissisms by giving false perceptions of them looking good on filtered photos. So we end up asking, “What’s not to love about these smartphones?” It has become way more than just phones! There’s an app for practically anything! There are even chat/messenger apps with thousands of emoticons/stickers, that, even if we don’t know what relevance those stickers bring to our society, turn out to be really addicting! And there’s nothing wrong to indulge on these apps from time to time if you have, well, some time to spare. One piece of advice though and please do find time reflecting on this:
Be smarter than smartphones. Because we are.
How can you be smart with your smartphones? Here are some ways:
One prominent thing smartphones give us is the accessibility to the Internet, particularly with social media. Social media can actually be a very good and effective information hub. So let’s not waste this potential. Let us be mindful of the things we share or post on these various social networking sites. And by that, I mean limit the pointless babbles and the selfies for chrissake. Here’s a secret, more often than not, nobody cares about the kinds of irrelevant junk you post on social media. So if you are to post something, it would be a lot better if you make it sensible, or at the very least, funny and relevant. Oh, and speaking about those selfies, if you really think you need to post one, do me a favor by making sure that the photo doesn’t include the reflection of your hand holding the phone or camera. I don’t know but it looks damn ridiculous that way.
Smartphones are just beefed-up phones with endless apps that make it “smarter” compared to the phones we had in the previous decades. This remarkable device wasn’t meant to be like traffic jams or massive hangovers that send us late at work or at school. There are countless apps out there that can improve our productivity and quality of living. Shouldn’t we check these kinds of apps and make the most out of it instead? We should use our phones to get ahead of deadlines.
Lastly, about all these addicting games. In one way or another, smartphones are still phones. And its primary function is to aid us in communication. Instead of wasting time on all these silly games we play on our phones, why not talk to [real] people? Why not engage in sports or other outdoor activities? More often than not, there’s more fun to be had on a real adventure.
At the end of the day, it’s still up to us how we use these precious devices. Sorry for being an old-fashioned jackass for giving suggestions as if I were talking to sophomore high school students, but this is just getting out of hand. One thing though, however, is for sure: Yes, all work and no play indeed makes Jack a dull boy. But Jack still needs to work. And Jack needs to think. Think smart, that is.