I text, I’m on social media, I’m writing new blogs, I even *GASP* talk on it, I stream a local morning show, I listen to my Rdio playlist while perusing Facebook. And, of course, games! Lots and lots of games….
My nose is buried in my phone when I’m sitting, when I’m taking a break at work, when I’m home – but not when I’m driving (no, really, it’s not), or when I’m walking outside, especially walking outside at night … like the man who just walked past my building. He was walking pretty fast, but didn’t look up once from his phone. He was in an electronic trance.
See the problem?
At night, you need to be aware of a lot more since you can see a lot less. You need to be extra aware of the people who are outside, or even dogs out in their front yard that might try to take a nip at you. You could cross an intersection and a car might not see you, you could get mugged – or worse.
So what do you do? Simple. Put the phone away, walk and look straight ahead at the same time. Take your nose out of your phone for just long enough to get home safely. Like the image says, your status can wait. You can do it, just takes a little practice.
Like I said, I love my smartphone too; I just try to be smart about when I use it.