Have you ever imagined a day that you can live normally without hearing the “ding” of notifications or the “whoosh” of new texts; checking and touching your smartphone? How hard could it be? For me, those 24 hours would be definitely horrible.
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As Canton (2011) revealed, people usually find their phones over 30 times per day and take breaks between checks just around 15 minutes. Moreover, 73% of mobile phone users would be afraid of losing their phones, while 15% would feel disappointed (The Huffington Post).
According to MMA (2013), there are over 15 millions smartphone users in Vietnam that year. With smartphones, people prefer to use ‘smart’ functions than traditional ones like calling or texting. So am I. Everyday, I am waken up by a noisy sound of alarm clock on my phone, then open my eyes just in order to “tap to snooze”. Honestly, I don’t know since when it has become my ‘professional awakener’ by providing me games to play and social networks to check new feeds. This activity takes me about 10 minutes. Up to now, I still can’t find any better way to get out of sleep.
A habit with smartphone possibly occurs with other people’ lives also. For example, last night, when I walked through high streets in District 1, instead of taking photos or chatting as often, I decided to observe others to see how they utilize phones. I thought it would be helpful to the topic I’ve chosen for my blog assignment. A group of young adults was stopping on the way to snap a ‘selfie’ by a ‘selfie stick’-an innovative tool to fit more people into one photo frame by holding the phone father away from their bodies. A pretty woman passed me quickly while making up in front of the phone camera. A businessman was sitting in a coffee shop and seriously reading something on his smartphone. Two kids were scrambling for their mom’s phone to play Zombie Plants game. Thanks for that experience, I had a chance to approach slices of life closer and slower; and to see how important technologies be in our life.
Besides the convenience smartphones bring us, have you ever wondered that whether they annoy us? Do you feel happy with your relationship with it? Do you see it as a healthy tool? I’ve seen that my best friend made drama out of slow phone recharging many times, she even didn’t want to go out without her fully-charged-battery phone. A young couple quarreled just because the boy forgot to take the food dish photo to publish on Instagram page. Back to assignment field, I feel difficult to write away a 300 word essay to get it finished without checking notifications on my phones. This blog is, too.
Picture 1. Mobile Phone Revolution
In Kraus’s article “We’re creating a culture of distraction” (2012), he states that we are constructing and developing a distraction culture that we are stand far away from real life and unable to improve critical thinking skills and creativity by over-consuming mobile phones.
Through those real things happened around me, I somehow admit the hypothesis that the more time we consume technology, the more its dependency and distraction we have. As the result, smartphone is becoming a central part of our lives. However, our relationships with others today are threatened. We meet, but not talk to each other as much as we used to. We don’t face-to-face communicate and physically interact together, we ‘face-to-screen’ and live in cyberspace. How can be closer relationships developed?
Canton, N. 2011, ‘Cell phone culture: How cultural differences affect mobile use’, CNN, 28 September, viewed 17 July, 2014, <http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/27/tech/mobile-culture-usage/>
Kraus, J. 2012, ‘We’re creating a culture of distraction’, JoeKraus.com, 25 May, viewed 17 July, 2014, <http://joekraus.com/were-creating-a-culture-of-distraction>
Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) 2013, ‘Mobile Internet Consumer – Vietnam’, Slideshare, 19 November, viewed 17 July, 2014, <http://www.slideshare.net/vservmobi/mobile-internetconsumervietnam>
The Huffington Post 2014, ‘HUFFPOLLSTER: Fewer Than Ever Americans Still Use Landline Phones’, The Huffington Post, 8 July, viewed 17 July, 2014, <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/wireless-households_n_5568585.html>