Put down the phone and learn to interact

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

Cell phones are great, but sometimes are very unnecessary.

Many people will argue that their “lives are on their phones”, which is sometimes true.

I, personally, am one of these people. I use my phone for everything.

All of my emails get sent to my phone, all of my contacts and reporters call me on my personal phone number, and I use my phone to record meetings and interviews I do.

All of my life is on my phone, but my life is not my phone.

When I go out to dinner, or I go to a park or coffee shop for an event, I constantly see people on their phones.

Sometimes I wonder if people are really into being in the company of other people.

We spend so much time on our phones that it is starting to interfere with our daily lives.

When I see people out somewhere on a date, and they have their face glued to their screen, I just wonder how involved people are.

If I was to go on a date, and the person I was with was staring at their phone, I would probably leave, to be honest.

Dates are the time to get to know each other, especially if it is the first few dates. If the person you are with is on their phone the whole time without a reason why, is the date really worth your time?

The whole point of college it to develop skills for whatever career we want, but also to make personal connections with other people.

How are we supposed to make connections with people if we do not even know they are there?

I have seen people hanging out at Doudna talking, and then someone takes out their phone and the conversation just stops.

Why do we choose to interact with people this way? why is technology better than human interaction?

Any time I go to dinner with my best friend, we either keep our phones in our pocket or we put them in the center of the table, face down so we will not be tempted to look at them.

Granted, my friends know that sometimes I need to, but unless it is someone I need to talk to for a story I have the ability to call them back.

Being in college at this time is a great thing. We literally have the world at our fingerprints!

The thing is, because we have the world at our fingertips that should not be an excuse to ignore the people that we are supposed to be interacting with.

I honestly wish that I could see people getting to know each other more, I really do. This is the time for us to make connections with other people. Why blow it?

Mackenzie Freund is a junior journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]