Have you ever wondered if all these amazing electronics are contributing to things like cancer, ADHD, ADD, divorce & maybe Social disorders? I know that up until a few years ago I didn’t have a cell phone and now I have actually gone back home if I forget it. It’s not like the world will stop turning if I don’t stay in touch with my husband, let’s face it he’s the only one that ever calls me, but I feel weird w/out it. Have we become a society obsessed with our “toys” do we put items above people and actual face to face time and in the process are we exposing ourselves to more radiation and instant gratification than is “healthy”? I know I’m not just imagining the changes or making them seem more than they are. I spent almost my entire adult life coaching volleyball at the high school level. What does that have to do with anything?
High school is a great way to measure change, at least I think. Your talking about kids that live in the same town and you can see how over time things in a community have changed. Our community is small, for California it’s small. There is only one high school in our town and the majority of kids have gone all the way from Junior high together, we do have a few elementary schools. Anyway when I first started coaching at the high school in 1999 kids had pagers, not all but a some. Within 10 years every kid had a cell phone and was glued to it. I had to make it mandatory that at practice your cell phone was off. Now I know that schools have a no phone policy in class, as it should be, but really sports practice come on guys you’ll make it a few minutes away from all contact outside of the gym. They couldn’t get through water breaks 9 out of 10 kids would forgo water to check cell phone messages or text who ever had texted them. I can almost guarantee that none of it was even remotely important.
This sort of constant contact can’t be healthy. People can’t wind down, I am so guilty of this. I’ll find myself in bed at night playing scrabble on my cell phone! For what reason? I don’t know, because I can I guess. The ones that puzzle me really are the elementary kids. Seeing kids that are younger than junior high on cell phones baffles me. I can see the safety side of having your elementary kids having cell phones. I can’t imagine that all these kids on the phones are contacting parents for emergency reasons.
There are so many new and amazing things that have happened in the last few years, electronically speaking, but at what cost? People don’t talk anymore they text. If you don’t stay in touch via text people basically don’t have much to say to you. If you don’t have the latest facebook, twitter, myspace (do people even still go on myspace?) social media overkill how will you know what your friends are doing?
Adults are just as bad as kids are with all these gadgets. I’ve seen whole families sitting at a table and watched the dad on his phone the whole time, not talking but doing something with the Internet or text. Woman at tables together talking on cell phones ignoring each other. Am I the only one that wants to yell shut the phones off!!! We can survive for a full hour without knowing what is going on with the people that aren’t at our table are doing. It’s hard for me to watch children sitting at tables with parents who are so pre-occupied with their phones that their children are being ignored. Hubby and I both realized one day that we on occasion we were those people ignoring B while we answered texts or emails at the table. We made a family rule no cell phones during any meals. It’s annoying to be at a table with people who show no interest in you, but can carry on a conversation with someone not even there.
I know this is a bit of a rant about a lot of things so if you’ve made it this far thank you, here’s my point. Are we so obsessed, addicted, attached or any other word you can think of to our electronics that it’s not just hurting our social relationships, but our health?
If you think about the amount of time that we as individuals spend on, near or around electronics it’s basically 24 hours, with a few exceptions of course. All of these electronics are constantly giving off radiation and electrical charges this can’t be good for us. Yet we don’t get away from it. Even on vacation most people want to know “Is there WiFi?” Could all this be contributing to the rate of cancer?
I’m doing a 3 part series on this, but would love to hear what you think about this so far.