The ubiquitous smart phone
Too many people rant about our reliance on our smart phones and how we will all look like question marks some day because of our phone searching posture. I love my smart phone. I love getting directions in an instant or telling Siri to remind me to check on the plumber Thursday at 9. I love getting a quick answer to “How old is Marissa Tomei?” I love learning Italian on my Babbel app and getting a car to pick me up in 5 minutes rather than fighting for a cab.
My objection, and I suspect most people’s objection to the smart phone. is the distraction. When I was a competitive bodybuilder I was taught to “put my head inside the muscle I am working.” Which means to focus on biceps, to the exclusion of all else, when I am training biceps. When I see a guy texting in between sets at the gym it makes me cringe.
I am a big believer in “Do what you’re doing while you’re doing it.” Texting while driving is stupid and dangerous. Texting while we are having a conversation is rude. Looking at your phone while you are at dinner with family or friends takes you out of the moment as does looking at it when you’re out for a hike or a nice walk in the park.
Do what you’re doing while you’re doing it. Be where you are. This philosophy has been around forever and it was a challenge long before computers and smart phones came on to the scene. Distractions have always been the nemesis of good work, good conversation and beautiful moments. Now we carry the distraction in our hands.
That guy in the gym texting in between sets of curls had arms like pencils but he could probably drive a nail with his thumbs. Probably not what he was after…
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