Why I Hate Smart Phones

They aren’t making me, or anyone for that matter, any happier. As a society, they’re making us do so much less. Instead of hanging out with friends who live 10 minutes away from us, we decide to FaceTime them. When we actually hang out with people, they don’t care about you. The people on their Instagram feed are so much more important than talking to you in person. It’s honestly sad. I would be so much happier if they were never invented. 

See, I can’t get rid of it. It’s my only connection to most of my friends. People don’t want to hang out in real life anymore. It’s like, what are you going to reminisce on when you’re older? Sitting on your phone? Liking pictures of Paris Hilton on Instagram? You’re losing your childhood. It’ll never come back. You’re wasting it. 

They aren’t making anyone happier. Even in public, people can’t get off their phones to enjoy the real world. People go out nowadays to take a few pictures and go home. I guarantee we would have more meaningful friendships without them. Sharing a real experience with someone, without any interruptions, without texting someone else in the middle of it, is beautiful. It makes you appreciate your friends so much more. 

The only way my phone is genuinely improving my life is musically. It’s much easier to find music than it’s ever been before. It’s also a lot easier to get recognized as an artist. You can pay companies like Spotify to promote your music and recommend it to people. Which is great, and it’s help me find a lot of amazing artists.

In the past 3 months, I’ve seen my friends outside of school 4 times. However, I’ve video called them and texted them over 150 times. The few times I’ve actually hung out with my friends, they’ve been on social media 25% of the time. They’d rather show people that we hung out than actually spend valuable time with me.

People are getting less and less social. I honestly believe it’s what made me so socially anxious. I can hide behind a screen 80% of the time, but when I can’t, I freak out. I feel like my generation is so much less emotionally intelligent than every generation before us. I don’t understand what hurts someone’s feelings and what doesn’t. Since the 3rd grade I’ve been able to say whatever I want without seeing the other persons reaction. The only time I get to genuinely spend time with my friends are at school, and even then they sneak out their phones most of the time. It makes me feel like they hate me, like they don’t care about getting to know me or spending time with me. Even at camp, where phones were completely banned, a few of my cabin mates snuck in their phones. It’s a serious addiction. They’d risk getting kicked out of camp to have their cell phone with them. It’s sad, and concerning. Most of the time they don’t even realize they’re addicted, because so many people are nowadays. They think it’s completely normal to spend 6+ hours on their phone everyday. It’s a serious problem, and it should be treated as such.