Signs of the Apocalypse: Phones
I feel like Charlene deGuzman’s short film “I Forgot My Phone” is a pretty poignant and depressing comment on our modern reality. I feel it more so because I am just as likely to be one of the people perpetuating it.
Look, there is a ton of great things about cellphones in general and smartphones in particular. They provide entertainment, access to a wealth of information, and connectivity to almost every corner of the world. But, they can also be huge distractions, even to the point of being dangerously so (for my part I refuse to answer any phone calls I get while driving. Nothing is that pressing for me to risk an accident, where not only might I be hurt, but others could be too). What moments do we miss when we’re giving more attention to our devices than the world around us?
It shouldn’t be a call to all throw away our phones. Again, obviously they can provide some wonderful benefits. But maybe it is a challenge for us to try and leave our phones behind once in awhile, to be okay to miss a call or text, or to even just turn the thing off for a day.
Otherwise, obviously this will happen.