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How to survive in a ‘cellfish’ world

First of all; yes, I know that the word cellfish does not actually exist. So let me tell you where it came from. It is a lovely combination of cell phone and selfish. So why put the two of them together? Because we have become extremely selfish due to cell phones. Don’t believe me? How often do you see this:

You ask your friend to meet for coffee because you need someone to talk to. You meet up and before you can even begin to tell your story, your friend is on his/her cell phone not even paying attention to what you have to say. Seem selfish? I think so.

We are living in the world where spending time with people has become something that we do not do. Is it not ironic that when we spend time with one person, we are texting another and when spending time with the person we previously texted with we are suddenly paying attention to the person we hung out with before. Weird, is it not?

Why can we not simply enjoy the time we are spending with our friends? Why do those flashy screens have to come in between our relationships?

Have you ever noticed that when your cell phone makes any sort of noise, you have to attend to it right away? It is almost as if we believe that if it does not get our immediate attention, it may die. Just letting it lie there after it’s notified us of something that is probably not important, seems impossible. We cringe and imagine who would want to talk to us.

What about when your phone does not make noise for a while? You still check it, just to make sure you did not miss the ring while you were browsing Facebook or Youtube, don’t you? And if it really has not made any noise for a while, you will start a conversation with someone just to hear it? To me that sounds like an addiction.

We are addicted to our cell phones and it is making our life absolutely miserable. You may argue this point because you think that you are happy. You feel wanted because you phone may constantly be ringing, but what about actual face-to-face conversations? What happens when you walk into a room of people. You probably feel lost because you do not know how to interact with them. So, what happens next? Out comes the cell phone.

Don’t get me wrong, I am completely guilty of this as well. I feel the need to bring my phone with me just in case someone needs me. We have the need to know that we are available if someone happens to need us, why? Because we need to be needed and wanted. And it totally makes sense, it’s in our genetic make-up. It is important for us to be needed by people, just as much as we need people. Which is why this generation has become so miserable.

We often pretend we are happy, but at the end of the day we are missing one of the most crucial aspects to human survival – human touch and interaction.

So how do we stop becoming so selfish and let go of those shiny little devices? We need to re-learn the value of spending time with people face-to-face and see how much better it is for us. It is crucial for us to make sure that we do not lose the skill of human interaction? Absolutely. If we cannot do it for ourselves, let us do it for our children. What kind of a world will they grow up in? They won’t know what it’s like to interact with other people because they will be stuck behind a screen. So once again, let’s stop being so selfish.


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