Regardless of whether I walk through a shopping area or go into a coffee shop, I see people that are glued to their Smartphones.
If I did not do this, I would probably be too busy looking down to really notice what other individuals are doing. Through using these devices, I understand how everything can fade into the background.
One of the things that can take place when someone uses their phone in a public area is they can be oblivious to what is happening around them. Occasionally, this can cause them to bump into others and to walk onto streets when they aren’t apparent.
What is clear is that they are not going to be fully in the moment; a great deal of the attention will be directed towards a screen. This may also be how they will behave when they’re with their friends and loved ones.
It then will not matter if they’re with a close friend of theirs, as they’ll treat them as though they have no significance to them. Their body will be with them, but their presence will not be.
But, while the other person could feel ignored and as though they aren’t valued, they may also be someplace else, too.
If someone is in a concert or a show, for example, they could spend more time filming what is facing them than actually watching it.
There have been times when people are more worried about filming the birth of the child than they have with being completely present to this experience. It’s then like seeing something on a screen is better than seeing it in person
A Big Focus
When Smartphones are advertised, one of the major selling points is in being able to picture things. These businesses can not sell presence or give someone more years to live, for example, but what they can do is give them something to distract their mind with.
This part of them that can’t embrace the present moment, but once a moment has passed; it needs to experience it all over again. Holding onto what can’t be held onto is what the mind attempts to do, while overlooking the only thing there is – the present moment
Due to modern day technology, it can be very easy to spend more time watching life than really experiencing life. To live in this way isn’t fulfilling, however, it is something that the mind feels comfortable with.
Lastly, I believe that if we actually value another person, one of the greatest things we could do is to be fully within their company. It is easy to say nice things or to buy another person something, but this isn’t the same as fully showing up.