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Sep 09

How to achieve inner peace- put down your cell phone!

Are cell phones dangerous to your health?  We’ve created a monster!  Alexander Graham Bell could never have imagined how far we’ve taken the telephone.  We’ve taken it so far that we hardly ever use it as an actual telephone.  We don’t even call anyone anymore to talk.  We just send little snippets of thoughts by text, disappearing videos by snapchat, and 140 characters or less by tweet.  We’re creating a whole new vocabulary to go along with our new technologies.cell phones

Is it really a convenience or an inconvenience?

I like modern conveniences as much as the next person.  They make my life easier in many respects.  But at some point, when they take over your life and your time, they become an inconvenience.

I think that the cell phone has gone through the phase of being a convenience to the point of being a time-sucking, brain-numbing, annoyance.  If you don’t have control over it, it will control you.

The thing about texts is that everything seems like an emergency.  When I hear the designated tone go off, I feel like one of Pavlov’s dogs.  I have to look at it.  Even if I turn the ringer off, if the phone is in the same room as I am, I either see the phone light up or hear it vibrate.  I have to make sure it’s not something important.  What could be so important that I have to know about it right away?

Constantly, all day long, the texts come in, along with emails.  Once in a blue moon, I even get a phone call.  I can’t ignore any of them.  Sometimes I can just glance at them and then go back to my work.  Even that is an interruption of my concentration.

In the grand scheme of things, I probably get way fewer texts than my younger cohorts who seem to constantly be writing and responding to texts.  Their fingers move with lightning speed over that tiny keyboard.  I wonder if we couldn’t put that skill to better use.

Cell phones and your health

The key to a healthy life is mind body balance.  While it’s important to exercise the body, it’s also critical to relax the mind.  In this day and age, we need to make a concerted effort to remove outside stressors and allow our minds to have some peace.  Part of that relaxation could be spending some time away from your cell phone.

I don’t know if most of you have your cell phones with you while you are working, but I invite you to put them somewhere else for a few hours or turn them off.  It’s physically impossible to concentrate on one thing (work, for instance) while you are constantly being bombarded with interruptions.  And when you get home, I invite you again to put your phone in another room so you can be with your family, your dog, your roommate, or whoever is there.

There’s also the question of what cell phones are doing to us physically.  Cell phones are clearly a health risk.  Research is being done on the short term effects of cell phone radiation on the brain.  There is considerable evidence to link exposure to cell phone radiation to a long list of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, brain tumors, breast cancer, and brain cancer.  I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty scary to me!

I don’t care what age you are, you need to spend time away from your phone.  It’s an inanimate object.  It’s not an appendage of your body.  It’s not your best friend.  And texting is not a substitute for talking.  Having a real live conversation with another human being is the spice of life.  Don’t settle for less.

cell phone throwing

 

Here’s a great way to use your cell phone for exercise.  Enter a mobile phone throwing contest!

 

 

 

 

 

Please leave a comment below and tell me either why I should keep my phone with me at all times or give us all an idea of what we can do with our phones.  Keep it clean please.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Alice

2 comments

  1. Allan Brohoff

    I use my cell to relax. Having 5 children all over the place allows me to subtly spy on their goings on. My eldest just had a great bike ride of 120km. My other son is going on a run through the forest in October. . My daughter is at the beach. I just saw a YouTube video of my youngest playing drums a a festival. I can have the relax soothing feeling that all is well even though I’m across the country or the planet. Sure I often turn it on mute while I nap:but it will always hang near me to enable the connection I need to stay part of my family and friends. Great blog for a zen lost in a valley in Tibet. I love your logic. Hermital and simplistic. Hope you never need 911 when your phones in your trunk or you need your brother to tell you he loves you.

    1. Alice

      Thank you, Allan for providing another perspective. Cell phones are a necessity and useful and can be a great way to connect with family and friends. I even upgraded just so I could talk to my nephews and nieces on facetime and tango. My point was only that they can be a distraction if you’re trying to get some work done. Hats off to you for staying in touch with your 5 children!

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