Analysis: Our World Of Electrons And Distractions

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(Our World of Electrons and Distractions) Every single day, we see and notice other humans. These people are wide, narrow, short, tall, happy and sad. There are a plethora of different types of humans, but in the hand of almost any human that will cross your line of sight, is a little device that can control even the most diverse of people. The cellphone has dominated our culture, from the oldest senior to the youngest toddler, but is too much of this technology hurting us rather than aiding us? It almost seems as if the human race is growing closer to electricity and further away from humanity. As generations pass and technology becomes more immense, we lose our grips on what we once had, face to face interaction. Moreover, this lack of …show more content…
I concurred that, because I have control of where I am directing my attention, I feel much more secure and comfortable. That is when I realized that attention, comfort and control are directly related to each other. This may explain why we are glued to our phones even though there are others around us who may desire our attention. Being able to direct our attention to what we personally can control makes us feel substantially more comfortable than if we focus on an environment in which we have no control over. One of the best examples of how this effects our relationship with others is the lack of face to face conversation we experience on a daily basis. Conversations are impossible to control. Often times, it will be uncomfortable and even hard to participate in a face to face conversation. You are interacting with another human after all, and it is impossible to control someones mind. This lack of control can sometimes make us feel anxious and tired. Psychologist Sarah Newman writes on her blog about social events. She writes, “It’s like a video game. In my corner is a little health meter. When it gets too low, my character slows down and can hardly play. During this time I’m easily susceptible to injury, so I have to hide. The problem is I don’t realize that my meter is running low until it’s all gone and I can barely function.” Could it be that we use our phones as a defensive mechanisms? After all, we can control what is inside our phones and seek comfort from the anxiety that comes from the unpredictability of face to face conversation. When we pull out our cellphones and bow our heads to inspect our screens, it is almost as if we put up a force field around us which tells others that the we are too busy to interact with them and they should just leave us alone. we are

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