Regardless of whether I walk through a shopping area or go into a coffee shop, I see people who are glued to their Smartphones.
If I did not do this, I’d probably be too busy looking down to really notice what other individuals are doing. Through using these devices, I understand how everything can fade into the background.
One of the things which could occur when someone uses their phone in a public place is that they can be oblivious to what is happening around them. At times, this can cause them to bump into other people and to walk onto roads when they aren’t clear.
What is clear is they are not likely to be fully in the moment; a great deal of their focus will be directed towards a display. This may also be how they will behave when they are with their friends and family.
It then won’t matter if they’re with a close friend of theirs, since they will treat them as though they have no importance to them.
However, while the other individual could feel ignored and like they are not valued, they might also be somewhere else, too. Their thoughts, the part of them that has nothing to do in the present moment, is then going to be running the show.
If someone is in a concert or a show, for instance, they could spend more time filming what’s in front of them than actually watching it.
There have even been times when people have been more worried about filming the birth of their child than they have with being completely present for this experience. It’s then like seeing something on a screen is better than seeing it in person
A Big Focus
When Smartphones are advertised, one of the major selling points is in being able to film things. These businesses can’t sell presence or give someone more years to live, for example, but what they can do is give them something to divert their mind with.
This section of them that can not embrace the present moment, but after a minute has passed; it wants to experience it all over again. Holding onto what can’t be held onto is exactly what the brain attempts to do, while missing out on the only thing there is – the present moment
Due to modern day technology, it can be very easy to spend more time watching life than really experiencing life. To live in this way is not fulfilling, however, it’s something that the mind feels comfortable with.
Last, I believe that if we really value another person, one of the greatest things we could do is to be fully present in their company. It’s easy to say nice things or to buy another man something, but this isn’t the same as fully showing up.