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I read an article recently (it can be found here) and I started to think really hard about how dependent a lot of our lives are on cell phones. Business is good because people don’t want to wait for repairs. We live in a society where instant gratification is what we require because we get bored so easily. If the result isn’t immediate we feel forgotten.

The article starts by stating that college students are the most frequent users of communication technology. My first thought was: loneliness. Homesickness and the effects of distance start to set in after high school, when everyone starts losing touch with each other. Friends move away, family is often hours away. Cell phones are a way to keep a connection across distance, like a string connecting everyone to each other. I had a discussion once in class about how those born in the 1990′s are “technology natives” whereas those born before then are “technology immigrants”. This means that people my age were born into the age of cell phones and social media, whereas our parents have to learn it and familiarize themselves with the ever-changing world. I don’t want to discredit the aforementioned article and say that we were simply born into the “connected” world we live it, but I think it plays a vital role in cell phone use amongst my age group.

I truly do believe that the “cell phone addiction” is part of human nature and the innate desire to be loved and wanted. When our phones ring, it means someone, somewhere wants to talk to us, and we are instantly gratified with this feeling of want. Whether it’s a call from mom and dad hours away, a business call, a bad news phone call, or a call into work, we are wanted when the phone rings. I check my phone compulsively because I think I hate to miss an alert if someone needs me. As a young person, I know that we are at a fragile age where we are finding ourselves, making mistakes, and creating paths, but we do not get there alone. This means when my best friend needs advice, she gets the advice she needs from me, and I get the feeling that I am needed, and we are both gratified. Maybe that is the reason we both call and press the answer key.

I don’t like the article’s statement that we spend time on our phones to escape time with our own minds because it scares me. What happened to imagination? We spend more times sending emails and checking Facebook than we do thinking creatively and spending time thinking about ourselves? That terrifies me, and it needs to. My usual remedy is a long bike ride with no cell phone, no music, and just the sound of the breeze, my beating heart, and the cyclists around me yelling the occasional “Passing on your left!” I spend hours biking and thinking to myself, but as soon as I get home, I check my phone as if none of my friends could possibly live without me for two hours. I usually have no messages, and the sense of peace continues. I think everyone could benefit from a few hours a day of peaeful, quiet contemplation, but the cell phone definitely draws one of the basic human needs out of us: to be desired.

I think what is more scary than any of this is that we feel seperation anxiety when we leave our cell phones somewhere, or when they are unusable because they need repairs, yet we can leave our children with babysitters and still enjoy an evening out….

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