Over the past decade, our reliance and dependence on mobile devices has increased exponentially. Mobile devices control so much of our lives, and like most things, they have their advantages and disadvantages.
All we have to do today is observe people either when they are out and about, or when they are doing work. Whenever people have any free time, there is a tendency to reach for our mobile devices and get plugged into the world of technology.
There is no denying mobile devices has impacted our lives in so many ways, and has enhanced how we communicate and how we do things.
This amount of choice and convenience also has its downsides. Personally, while I love having new gadgets and experimenting with technology, I also know the impact it’s having on me long-term.
Here are ten reasons why I think we should consider relying less on our mobile devices. I am not suggesting we should eliminate these devices from our lives; what I am suggesting is in order to become more self-reliant, we should depend less on external things, and harness the deep reservoirs of talent and ability we have within us to create whatever it is we want.
- It is a form of addiction. Just like substance abuse or alcohol abuse, turning on our mobile devices multiple times a day is a form of addiction. Think back to how life was 15 or 20 years ago. Wasn’t it a lot simpler back then? Any form of addiction is not healthy over the long-term.
- It gives us a false sense of connection with others. In the world of online friends and connections, whenever we “like” or “share” something, we may get this idea that we’re actually connecting with people. That may be true on a surface level connection, however for human beings, nothing beats person-to-person connection. We want to connect with others in the true sense of the word connection.
- It reduces our concentration span and ability to focus. How long do you think you can go without reaching for your mobile device? The more we allow ourselves to get distracted, the less efficient, productive and effective we are, and the less we get done. This has to be one of the biggest disadvantages of mobile devices.
- It puts a lot of strain on our eyes. One of the physical impacts of mobile technology is how much they are affecting our eyesight. Constantly looking at screens all-day long results in us being mentally fatigued plus at times, we find it hard to “switch off” from digital technology.
- It is making us less active. Rather than playing a physical sport, it’s so much easier to play a virtual or digital game on our devices. Whenever we’re on our mobile devices, we are not being active and that is having an impact on our health and well-being.
- It is reducing our problem-solving ability. There is a price to pay for convenience. I know there are times when I will rely on the calculator app on my phone to do a simple calculation, which years ago I would have easily done in my head. Also think of how many times we depend on something online to find a solution rather than trying to solve it ourselves.
- It is stifling our creativity. Rather than relying on our natural creativity, we’re so dependent on something outside ourselves for answers. Our greatest gifts are our ability to think and activate our imagination. If we are constantly reaching for our devices for answers or inspiration, it diminishes our ability come up with ideas or inspiration ourselves.
- It is making it harder for us to be occupied or entertained. How did we keep ourselves busy or entertained before mobile devices? Have we forgotten those simpler times? As our addiction to our mobile devices grows, it will continue to make it more challenging for us to experience true entertainment and joy.
- It is causing us to waste our precious time. Think of all the time we waste mindlessly surfing the internet or scrolling through a social media app! And the worst part about it is we don’t even accomplish anything meaningful during that time. If we added up all the time we waste on our devices, we would be shocked. All that time can be put to better use if we are more organised and intentional about how we spend our time.
- It is much harder to get people’s attention. As business owners and entrepreneurs, the amount of noise around us is continuing to increase at an alarming rate. This means that while there are better tools available to reach more people, it now requires a lot more effort to get the right messages in front of the right audience. We are exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of messages, ads and invitations daily. Being able to decipher which ones are relevant to our potential customers needs is getting much more difficult.
Mobile technology has connected the world in ways that would have seemed impossible only decades ago. If we continue our reliance on our devices, we will continue to struggle with the things mentioned above. If we are willing to start reducing our dependence on our mobile devices, we will experience a lot more simplicity and less stress in our lives. The choice is up to you whether you want to do anything about it.
Question: What is one thing you can do to reduce your reliance on your mobile devices?
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