this week, I’m going to go off track, the reason this is that yesterday I went down London for the day And I could not believe how many people were walking around looking at their phones, they had their headphones on bumping into people stepping out in front of cars and not acknowledging the world around them.
Today Thursday the 10th of October is world mental health day And I am convinced that so many people now are living their life through their phones and their tablets. I spent some time yesterday people watching, and in that time I don’t think anybody smiled at each other acknowledged each other or even looked around them to see even where they were.
Life is not about swiping left and swiping right life is not about apps that can make your life easier, life is for living.
At one point I was walking down Regent Street the shop windows looked fabulous as always a lot of time and effort have been put into making them look that good, And I did not notice one person stop and appreciate all the hard work that gone in to making those shops look so fabulous. I also at one point stopped for coffee and again I sat there and people watched. I watched people walking to the shop on their Phone they sat down, still looking at their phones they ordered their coffee hardly taking their eyes off the screen, People were sitting in groups of three and four not talking to each other or perhaps they were but via text. Modern technology is killing social interaction. I saw families not talking to each other I saw groups of friends who weren’t talking to each other, I witnessed two people taking pictures of their biscuits. Has it really come to this that we know what biscuit you’re having with a coffee, that when we have a day out with friends, we don’t talk to her friend we just send pictures and text too other people. I wonder how many single people for walking down the road yesterday and had they just lifted the head from their Phones, They may have just seem the love of their life. No filters, no pouting, a real human being in the flesh.
How many of us walk around our hometown and not appreciated the architecture. how many of us are rude unintended of course bur still rude, to people who work in shops and are trying to serve us and yet we do not end that Phone call. Is the call really that important?
In Oxford Street one of the busiest streets in the world I saw people walking into oncoming traffic, I saw people walking into lamp post into bins, all because they wouldn’t take their eyes off the screen for a moment. Even going down into the underground last night crowd of people were unaware of their surroundings and the danger they put others in had they have lost their footing on their steps or the escalator.
Now I am no Angel, I used to do the same, I could have people talking to me and if my Phone buzzed in my pocket, I would take it out and look at it mid conversation. I have a good friend that pointed out to me that I always did this, yet I still did it. It’s only now that I realise just how rude it is,
Children are forgetting how to interact with others, you see toddlers in pushchairs with tablets in their hands and usually the young mum on her Phone as she pushes the child through perhaps a colorful engaging park, Not pointing out the different trees not pointing out the wildlife that surrounds them, Parents interact with your children, Share your knowledge, don’t leave up to Peppa pig or Google.
Via social media we talk to strangers every day. When was the last time you smiled at a real stranger, or said hi as you walked past? You do it on your phones why not do it in real life. You never know you just might make someone’s day.
Going back to the coffee shop yesterday, sat in the corner was a lady with a wonderful shade of blue hair It looked fantastic. She was of course on her phone; I presume playing games as her fingers were swiping all over the place and she looked bored. I made a point of approaching her as I was leaving and told her that I loved the colour of her hair and how good it looked on her. (No I was not hitting on her, I didn’t leave her my number) I just paid her a compliment and left, but as I looked back that young lady had the biggest smile on her face.
So are you up for a challenge? I want as many of you as possible to leave your phone alone for at least one hour each day. I don’t mean when you are working, I mean leisure time, commuting time, down time. Talk to your friends, your family especially your children. Look around and I mean really look around. See what delights there are on your travels.
I do it now and I feel so much better for. It’s a small ask but it’s one that can make a major impact on your life.
Step out from behind the filters. No one really wants to see a picture of your lunch.
As I said in the beginning, life is for living. So live it.
Normal service will be resumed soon. Hopefully.
Until next time