My iPhone is not a distraction

March 27, 2014




Kaleb Causey


It happened once again. Another member of Generation X told me that I am addicted to my phone and it is a distraction from socializing with “the real world.”


This phenomenon is becoming more and more prevalent as the age of technology develops. Our generation is told that we rely on technology too much, are not taking our heads out of our phones long enough to engage with the world or do not appreciate the times of good conversation around the dinner table.


My iPhone is not a distraction. It is an extension of my job. My notification center is full of constant news updates, emails and text messages from classmates, staffers of The Tech Talk and other work related acquaintances.


Sure, I will enjoy the rare game of Flappy Bird (followed by the rage of hitting a tunnel one point before my high score), but it is when I have nothing going on.


Generation X seems to think that we cannot change the world if we have our phone in our hand.


That is not true.


In fact, I would say we are more capable changing the world because of how connected everyone is.


Look at Phonebloks, a fully customizable phone prototype that was blasted all over the Internet last fall. They did not make commercials for television or advertisements for magazines. They uploaded a video detailing their idea to YouTube and watched it go viral across all social media platforms.


After that happened, they began working with Motorola to develop the phone. They got their project picked up by a company run by Google, which is obviously a big deal, by using websites that are all easily accessed from your phone.


Sure, some people sit and play games or take ridiculous selfies for Snapchat way too much. By no means am I disagreeing with that.


However, just because a few do it does not mean that phones are ruining the social skills of our generation. They are enhancing them.


Our grandparents may have interacted with 10-20 people per day when they were our age.


We have the capabilities to interact with millions, if not billions, all from the tap of a screen.


If that is not a platform to change the world and truly embrace social connectivity, I do not know what is.


Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to ktc013@latech.edu.


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