In case you haven’t heard of it, there’s a campaign going round on Twitter called ‘We Have To Stop’. It simply means what it says, only as it applies to the spending of most of our day with our faces in our mobile devices. If you follow the Instagram account @WE_HAVE_TO_STOP you will find dozens of pictures of folks of all walks bent over their phones. If you’re wondering the point, here it is: “No single image is particularly damning; cumulatively however, they document a world whose steady lean on the small faces of the Internet has developed into a handicap. A crutch.”
Reaching for the crutch
Matthew Daniel Siskin points out the different scenarios in life where we find ourselves involuntarily reaching for the ‘crutch’: when you feel awkward in a group, when you’re walking to work, when you’re waiting to board an airplane, when you’re in an elevator, etc. Again, the idea is not to condemn users of smartphones, or indeed their creators. It’s to alert us how much of our lives we’re ceding to these handheld devices. To remind us that there is a big, beautiful world going on around us, if only we would disconnect from our little virtual worlds to enjoy its fullness.
Bro Time – photo by @sanbasl
After going through the pictures I was forced to ask myself some tough questions: how much time do I spend away from my phone? How many opportunities have I passed up because I was hiding away in my comfort zone behind that 4-inch screen?
Do you think Siskin has a point or are we too far gone; too reliant on our social media feeds to be saved?
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