Happy Birthday iPhone! It is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s brilliant smartphone series. This device dominates our daily lives in many good ways but unfortunately also bad ones. There are six signs, our lives have become less great since we are smartphone users:
1. They are bad for our brains
With the iPhone, we can do many things simultaneously, but is that a good thing? It is actually not, since studies show that we think more slowly and have worse long-term memories as it gets harder to filter out less relevant information in our brains.
2. We ignore the world around us while we are busy on our iPhones
We miss out opportunities to talk to people as we chat with them all the time. Also, meeting new interesting people is less expected while on the phone. Moreover, we miss to see beautiful landscapes.
3. They can ruin relationships
Instead of calling, we text partners and people by inserting lols and emojis that should help express feelings. However, when we text, we can often not identify what kinds of emotions the partner really expresses which can end up in arguments or misunderstandings. In addition, we get suspicious quickly when the partner does not respond fast enough. A study found that people who are heavily engaged in social media, were lonelier than those with more in-person interactions.
4. They are responsible of FOMO (fear or missing out) and comparison with others
iPhones allow us to constantly check our social media. Social media profiles make our lives look better than they actually are since we do not party, go on vacation and hang out with friends on a 24/7 basis. Furthermore, we tend to compare other peoples’ social media accounts with ours which is a bad thing that can cause depressions.
5. We are expected to be available 24/7
Even if we are done with work for the day or are on vacation, colleagues and clients expect from us to respond to emails as fast as possible. What a pressure during times off!
6. We always need validation
When we post pictures on social media, we constantly check likes and comments in hope to get more than on the picture that we posted yesterday. Inner values, goals etc. are no longer the most important measures for many people.
Read more about how the iPhone has made our lives worse on CNN.
This is so scary. We always say that our lives have become so much easier since the evolution of the smartphone and constantly updated apps. Thus, let us ask ourselves the following questions: When was the last time we have spent a whole day without our iPhones? Do we and our partners decide on leaving our iPhones at home when going out for dinner or something fun during the weekend? How important is social media for us? What are reasons to use it? Is it purely to communicate with friends or to crave for popularity and to compare ourselves to others who have more followers are prettier than us? If we feel like it gets too much sometimes, we should decide on a day to leave our iPhones at home in a drawer. Instead, we should meet friends outside, read an actual book at home or in a park, hang out at a café etc. (ML, 3:42 PM)