Following a very interesting discussion a few days earlier with a bookshop manager, I got the idea to draw another SPELL, because the wide spreading smartphone/socialmedia/electronic device/apps addiction seems now impossible to thwart, and it affects everyone.
Just go into a coffeeshop, and look at the customers. Too few are not glued onto their little screen.
What happened to good old-fashionned dreamy gazes, impromptu conversations, advices on which beverage to choose, and fortuitous smiles, and nodding, and cheering when we stumble upon a friend or an acquaintance? What happened to those micro-connections, when our eyes meet a stranger’s or a friend’s eyes?
What happened to those tiny glimpses of soul sharing?
Eyes riveted onto those screens that dag us into a world of synthetised emotions, and pseudo connections, we lose what what once a joy and a reason to rejoice : the ability to communicate in a friendly way.
Glued onto those screens, we do not see the person in front of us in the line steping into a dance move briefly as their favorite music plays, or seeing their amazing hair, or fashion style, we become oblivious of all the wonders that surround us…
So, let’s hope there will be more of those who switch off their device, who do not answer their phone as soon as it rings, when they are chatting with somebody, or admiring art in a gallery or a museum.
I often get scolded because I do not answer my phone right away when it rings. Mind you, I prefer to control my phone rather than they other way round.
Time to launch a new movement : I’m smarter than my smartphone, so I keep it under control.
What do you think?
Have a good day fellow bloggers, oddjobbers, readers and friends,
Thank you, Poetpas.
Absolutely, social media can give the illusion of social interaction. On the other hand, it also can bring people together… It’s always getting the right balance between real world and virtual life. As with everything.
Alas, we have seen in the past , let’s say , 4 years, how social media puts the emphasis on polarities and help extreme opinions to grow and flourish, while hammering strong raw opinions and emotions onto others.
Let’s be more nuanced and propagate a vast array of gradient thoughts and ideas. After all, on this platform, we are artists, so we dwell in all the hidden colours of the rainbow….
Good post Florence! I agree. Too many people are glued to their screens recently (even in cars).
It causes depression and anxiety and even physical problems for young people who constantly look down when sucked into their addictive viral existence.
It’s sad really when you see couples look on their phones on a night out in a restaurant. Perhaps people are afraid to miss out on any social activity whilst social media actually isn’t that social.
We can only hope that in future humans will come to their senses and rekindle the social skills and interaction of better days of true personal direct connectivity 🤗