Like many thousands of millions of people who own one, I love my smartphone. It’s with me at all times and I’d be lost without it.
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?
I think I live in a pretty decent neighborhood, but shit still happens, even in ‘hoods like this. When I walk down to the Holiday or the post office down the street, my focus is on getting from point A to point B and back again. Safely. Doesn’t matter the time of day. I’m not playing on my phone nor have earbuds in and listening to music. Maybe that seems extreme, but I’ve been both mugged and burglarized. Neither of which were fun experiences.
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.