Step away from your phone… Choose life!
The irony of this post is that I’m about to ‘rant’ about the digital age ruining our face to face social capabilities, by typing words into my phone, for you to then most probably read on your phone or tablet!
Im just as bad as the ‘rest of them’ when it comes to picking up my phone countless times to check my Instagram feed, or to check out who’s shared a new and probably pointless Facebook post in the last 5mins! A cat that can play the drums, a parrot that can slam dunk the funk with the best of them, what ‘healthy’ lunch someone has prepared….. All things that although funny or informative, we could probably live without seeing!
However, my ‘small fry’ social media presence has brought me a lot more than hours of my life wasted scrolling through social media posts on my phone. With the MRGMagazine as my platform, I have made new friends and contacts that I can only say have enhanced the fun I have out on my bikes! Discussing new kit, new places to ride, catching up at trail centres, races and helping as many out as I can with training programmes. I’ve even had a few freebies from some bloody awesome companies!
So what’s my beef?!?!
Two things really…..
1. The impact on my family. Making a conscious effort to put my phone down when I’m with them. I don’t want to be that parent that doesn’t look at my wife and kids when I’m talking to them. It’s hard, but I’m on it!
And 2. I witnessed phone obsession in the highest form this week… A middle aged man proceeded to complete his gym workout, whilst attached to a game on his phone. I believe it was Candy crush?….
Each exercise that he performed lasted longer due to his constant engagement with this brightly coloured, and what I would consider a childs game! I’d finished work and was training, but normally fully focused on my exercise, I found myself watching the guy in the mirror as he sat still on a piece of kit whilst playing on the game. In the time I watched and performed at least 4 sets, a couple of people had looked at the kit he was on, chosen not to ‘disturb’ him, and moved on! I felt the need to step in… I removed my ear phones and proceeded to say “Excuse me, I know you are obviously enjoying your game, but I have just watched as at least two people look at the machine you are on and move on, as you showed no signs of moving due to you staring at the screen on your phone”
Risking an altercation I was polite….. The guys reply however was not polite, not angry, not even particularly apologetic…. just emotionless! He grunted a sort of an apology and still staring at his phone, he fumbled his way out of the machine, picked up his drink, and moved across to another piece of kit. Not once making eye contact, he rested his elbows down on the kit and continued to play….
I continued my workout, with the ‘Phone guy’ just in my field of vision, only to finish and leave with him still slumped in the same spot, playing his game! This has left a mark in my mind and has made me think twice before checking my phone. I was genuinely shocked that this insignificant game could have such a hold on someone…
So…… With this in mind, I shall leave you with a challenge.
I challenge you to put your phone down as soon as you finish reading this blog. Put it down, go and find your loved ones, or your flat mate or whom ever you have near you and start a conversation with them! Let’s start the revolution and get back our ability to communicate face to face!