Offline is the new luxury

OPINION
By RUFFY MAGBANUA
February 15, 2020

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MORE than the Covid-19  scare, now in a global scale, we are in for a big trouble with our mobile phones— subconsciously, or otherwise.

And to go offline is the new luxury these days of digital addiction.


Indeed, time have  changed.  

Gone are the days when bondings are most common among friends, or members of the family for that matter.

And it comes with a price, even in popular celebrations  — like last friday’s valentine frenzy — where we are ‘silenced’ by our  mobile phones!

Like it or not, mobile phones are now part of our lifestyles such that we have become immobile without these high tech gadgets.  

The truth of the matter is,   we are now ‘addicted’ by our constant use of cell phones --  calling, texting, emailing , FB browsing, among other things.  

And so these troubling  questions: Are mobile phones have become too much of a good thing? Are you in panic attack when you forget your phone?

Mobile  phones have become man’s best friends nowadays, yet for all we know, we are now entrapped subconsciously by the many ‘good things’ our mobile phones have been providing us.

Mobile phones  are one of the phenomenal inventions of man in this era of tech-driven society.

It completely changed the way we interact these days. You can call, send text messages, read emails, play games as well as read and edit documents on the go.

Almost everyone has a mobile phone. Everywhere you go, we see people sporting the latest mobile phone models.

Mobile phones has become part and parcel of our lives. Leaving home without our phones is akin to leaving without brushing our teeth, or combing our hair.

These days of quickies, everyone owns at least one, if not sophisticated, mobile phone.  In fact, even parents have allowed their school kids to own mobile phones because of easy and convenient access wherever they are,  anytime, anywhere.  

So what are the repercussions of constantly using these devices, day in and day out?

Today, socializing that involves real interaction is very rare to happen. We are reduced to interacting on social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, Instagram, or chat applications such as Viber and WhatsApp.

While there is nothing expressly wrong with chatting with our friends on these platforms, it can be a problem if it is done at the expense of face to face interaction.

In a family where every member has a mobile phone and uses it every time they are together,  this might cause breakdown of relationships, or worse, disorientation of values within the family.

If convenience then is the mother of addiction, then we are in for a big trouble with these gadgets – mobile phones. (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo.com)


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