You see it on TV and in newspapers frequently, if the topic of discussion is anything even remotely related to technology. You see a group of people peering into their smartphones, and checking their social media feed. You can easily say that the media likes to blow things out of proportion, but this is one area where there is some truth in what they show. Quite a bit of truth, I would say. I’m guilty of checking my phone for notifications when I wake up, so I’m one of those people who can’t keep away from his device for very long.
The thing is, I didn’t realize the scale of this phenomenon. Yesterday, I went out with one of my friends and we were meeting after a long time. So I thought we would go to some nearby restaurant for dinner, and he agreed. After some discussion we decided to meet around 8:30 pm. I offered to pick him up from his home, and he agreed again.
According to plan, everything was done-I picked him up, we went to the restaurant that we decided upon, and the orders were placed. I found him busy with his phone using WhatsApp, but he was actively participating in the conversation with me. There was only one thing running in my mind “who has got so much time to text back, continuously!”
In no time the food was served, and he kept his phone aside, but his phone kept on telling him that he had new notifications. He was continuously checking and replying to his notifications. Now he was talking to me, eating his food, and checking his notifications simultaneously.