Not a Generational Thing

I work at an event center and we had a big expo the other day. There were two older women sitting outside my office. I could see them talking a little bit, but five minutes later they weren’t talking at all. I was confused and looked closer. They were both looking at their phones. I thought to myself that’s odd. Normally, teenagers are the ones scaring at a screen. I didn’t think anything else about it until that evening.

My parents and I go to the YMCA on Thursday nights. My mom and I do Zumba and my dad walks on the treadmill. I was driving them because my vehicle is the only one with air conditioning. We talked about our day on the way there. On the way home, I was driving I looked over at my mom and then in the backseat at my dad. They were both on their phones. I didn’t think anything of it until I realized they were on their phones the whole time. I almost made the joke, “Wow, this is how older people feel when we are on our phones.”

I am realizing that Millennials are kind of getting a bad rep with cell phones. I don’t know how many times I have been with friends and all they do is stare at their phone for have the time. I am not making excuses because I  do this too. I don’t like doing it unless it is important or I’m looking something up to show my friends. Millennials may have a problem with this, but everyone has a problem with this. People like to blame our generation because we grew up with technology in our lives. We rely on it for everything. We need to stop putting the blame on someone instead blame technology.

I know there are tons of opinions out there about this, but this is mine. We need to be intentional about putting technology down and focus on the here and now. You have probably heard this a million times, but I am realizing it’s true! We need to make the family and friends in our lives a priority. We aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow so we need to make the most of today. It is a choice to look at your phone instead of being engaged in conversation with those around you. If your friend has a huge problem with constantly looking at their phone, make a bet/agreement where you put your phones in the middle of the table and the first one to touch their phone has to pay for dinner or give the other one a certain amount of money. I know it is sad you have to bribe your friends to put down their phone, but they will learn with lesson if they have to pay you a lot of money.

This summer make it a priority to start putting your phone down. Don’t spend so much time on the internet. Enjoy those around you because they won’t be there forever.

 

Until next time my sassy peaches,

EM

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