Your Phone or Your Life? Is Your Phone Making You Anti-Social?


This article has the privilege of your full and undivided attention. Keep reading, you’ll enjoy it. It’s very good. Oh dear, your phone has started to vibrate. There goes your attention. Ah, you’re back. Excellent, now we may resume. Where were you? Third line? Yes. The thing about phones is – Ah, your phone again. A text. Have you replied to it? Good. Now, back to this article. Nope, a Facebook notification.

Are you ever going to get to the end of this article? Put your phone down and you just might.

Imagine if this article were your partner or another human being. You’d have so far pushed them to the brink of impatience, and basically given them a slap in the face. But do you know what the sad thing is? Said partner is probably just as engrossed in his/her mobile phone, ignoring you ignoring him/her. Go ahead and avert your eyes from this article and count how many people around you are looking down at their phones. Here’s hoping they’re reading this article from their devices.

There are those who do not have smart phones. There are those few remaining bastions of society who own Nokia 3310s which have no internet data package or cameras. They cannot take selfies or app their lives away. They can text, call, write notes, and use their calendar or calculator. That’s about it. They can, however, have a conversation whilst at all times addressing the other person.

This is not to say that everyone who owns a smart phone is an insufferable pleb. That would be a cruel assumption. Most human beings do not mean to ignore other people. Our focus on virtually interacting with others on Facebook is evidence in itself. But the appeal of the multitude of activity happening on social networks greatly overpowers one man’s ability to converse about one topic at a time. But this is not a good enough excuse.

Can I suggest that you put your phone down for a minute? Just put it on silent with no vibrate and leave it in your bag if its call is so enticing.  Now, read the following mobile phone etiquette rules. It is not an extensive list, but it is crucial to making you a socially better human being:

Don’t show your fancy phone off and wave it about.

The release date of your iPhone is not proportionate to the size of your manhood. We can all identify those who are genuinely using their phone, and those who are just flaunting it about to prove they are part of the IT crowd. The poser who wants to brag about how he has just splashed out on his phone and paid an extortionate amount for one very similar to his previous model will bring it out at every opportune moment, and remind us about all its updated features and casually let slip how much he has paid for it.

Aim to converse.

No, not with others online or through text. With the person who’s sitting opposite you, who has left his abode or place of employment to specifically be with you. That includes you as well, teens. Put your phones down at the dinner table. There is food present. Oh, and your parents, as well.

Keep it brief.

If you are going to text or use your phone when in the company of others, apologise beforehand, do what you have to do in a matter of 15 seconds or less, and get back to your partner or the people you are with. If you are on public transport, don’t loudly have an entire discussion divulging all your innermost secrets to the rest of the passengers. Keep it short and discreet. And do not loudly state how much money you have left in your bank account to a carriage full of people.