Mobile Phones Are Stopping Us From Living In The Present

Ditch your phone and start living

Tom Stevenson

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Photo by Thom Holmes on Unsplash

Yesterday I went to watch my football team, Liverpool F.C., play against one of their Premier League rivals.

It wasn’t the best math, despite Liverpool winning 2–0. Another victory extended our lead at the top of the English Premier League and despite being underwhelmed by the performance, I went home a happy man.

As the match was not a frenetic and gripping affair, my eyes started to wander from the pitch at times. Often I would find myself staring into the distance, observing the touchline, or looking at those around me.

It was when my eyes darted to someone close to my left that provided more curiosity and interest than events on the pitch.

After 20 minutes or so, I realised that a person in the crowd near was wearing headphones. This is unusual, especially when the atmosphere at Liverpool is renowned for being among the best in the country.

Intrigued, I observed some more, and discovered that not only was the man wearing headphones, he was also on his phone.

Now, this is not unusual in itself. A lot of us spend hours on our phones. However, this time it was shocking to me.

Here was somebody who had come to watch their football team play. I know people who are Liverpool fans who can count the number of matches they have been to on one hand.

Tickets are hard to come by and they would jump at the chance to go to more games. Here was a guy, at the stadium, watching the team that were crowned champions of Europe the previous season, and he seemed more interested in his phone than the match he had to come to watch.

It summed up our modern era. I could see that he had taken videos o the crowd on his phone and was uploading them to Instagram. He did this again a few times throughout the match. The irony not lost on me that I was now watching this guy as intently as I was watching the match!

It seemed he was more interested in showing everyone he had been to the match rather than enjoying and taking in the match himself.

Phones are useful tools, but tools are all they are. If we’re careful they can…

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