• Patrick McAndrew

If Your Smartphone Was A Person

Can we live without our smartphones? Such a question it is indeed! In our technologically advanced world, most would say that we can’t.  And why should we?  Through our smartphones we can have access to all of life’s necessities: e-mail, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google, photos, videos, iMessage, and apps of all sorts that allow you to track workouts, track calories, track sleep, track finances, and so on and what not.

But are these things really necessary? Many of us would argue that, in today’s world, these features are beyond necessary!  “How else can I access my e-mail last minute?  How can I figure out how to get from point A to point B? How do I record all of life’s awesome moments without my smartphone’s camera?”

It’s no secret that smartphones certainly make our lives easier.  That’s the idea behind technology advancing, isn’t it?  What can make certain aspects of our lives easier so that we can devote our time to more productive things?  The only sad thing is that this technology rarely causes us to be more productive.  If anything, it causes us to be less productive.

There was a recent news story in Philadelphia about companies bringing back “dumbphones,” those phones that simply text and call and do nothing else.  I talked a little bit about this in a post a couple of weeks ago as well as in my post, Digital Detox with The Light Phone.  The idea behind these phones is to yearn for more simplicity and to have more presence.

Smartphones have become so valuable to the greater population that they have become a part of us.  To answer my question, many of us cannot live without our smartphones.  Our whole lives are on that phone.  We rely on that phone to give us all the information and entertainment we want and “need” during our days.  Those phones connect us to business partners, to educators, to friends and family who we care about deeply.  These phones bring us relief when we’re bored because there is always something to do on them.  The smartphone has become a lifeline.  It has become a part of our being.  The smartphone has become such a central part of our identity.

“Whoa there, my friend!  That’s a little over the top, don’t you think?  A part of our identity?!  The smartphone is not me!  I’m me!”  I would disagree.  When so much of our lives are reliant on what is happening on our phones, through our phones, and by our phones, it becomes a part of us.  We project our identity through these phones on social media.  We reveal ourselves through our e-mails and Google searches.

Think of it this way: if your smartphone was a person, how much would they know about you?  If they would know a heck of a lot, that should get you thinking about how much this smartphone is interfering with your real life.  Because if you are paying attention to this “person,” your focus is off of the real people.  Unlike real people, this “person” cannot interact with other people.  God forbid if that happened!  For this “person” has become our holy sanctuary that we have indebted ourselves to, to the point where we cannot live without them.  This “person” is our soulmate.  But, at the end of the day, this “person” is not real.  We tend to forget that.

So if your smartphone was a person, perhaps you could never live without them.  But it’s not.  How have we become so reliant on something that is not alive?  It’s because we often don’t realize that there is someone else on the other end.

What are your thoughts? Do smartphones have too much of a hold over us?  Or do I just need to get a hold of myself?  Comment below!

Your friend,


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