Kids on Mobile Phones: A Neglected Epidemic (Episode 1)
Fathers, educators, researchers and
Founder of the Lafayette movement for childhood
A while ago, when we saw MPs talking on their cell phones in the middle of a meeting on TV, a feeling of annoyance engulfed us. “- What a lack of respect!”, Many said. Accidents and deaths due to cell phone use while driving have become a public health problem, and advertising campaigns have emerged to warn drivers. What do these two situations have in common? How is our relationship with mobile phones nowadays? Why would we ignore cell phone threats for our children’s development?
The similarity between the above two situations is that you cannot be fully and fully and competently attentive if you are on your cell phone while attending a meeting or driving. In fact, when we try to do two or more things at once, we are never healthy.
Our lives are so wrapped up in the corporate world of ideals, maximum efficiency, productivity, and commitment to results that we always want to be productive. Studies show that our “attention span”, the ability to concentrate, is being severely damaged by current lifestyles, especially the use of smartphones and social networks. Experts in neurology and psychiatry say that technology is the second major factor affecting our attention and memory.
In the terms described by thinkers Michel Foucault, Jack-Lacan, and contemporary South Korean philosopher Bing-Chul Han, author of The Tiredness Society, we have become a kind of “machine subject.” We’ve turned our little downtime into more work, and often unpaid work, to help enrich technology giants. Social media has become a big brother, where narcissism and pragmatism make us obsessed with ourselves. We capture each other’s little “free time” with our intimacy and content posts that add little or nothing. We destroy laziness and leisure time; ‘Do nothing’. We have become the perfect part of the great cog of the capitalist system.
At present, the habit of having MPs on their mobile phones while attending meetings does not seem to bother us anymore. We’re all doing the same thing and in different contexts and situations. Why is that?
An entire family is seen on their cell phones while they are eating pizzas in a pizzeria. The whole family stays in their own home almost all the time on their cell phones. Couples have their cell phones on the bar table.
People use their mobile phones at bus stops, walking, cycling, lying down, watching TV, eating, bathing, chatting with friends, caring for kids, working hours, in the classroom (not just students, teachers) too!), Yoga and meditation With time, however, the list is endless. No, we did not acquire these habits in the epidemic. But the Kovid-19 epidemic reinforced these practices.
It’s not about ignoring the technological advancement and practicality that cell phones have brought into our lives. Nor is it about creating feelings of guilt. Cell phones and apps are designed to reprogram our brain and make us addicted. We are all in the same boat. The way we interact with cell phones and social networks and the impact on our health and the lives of our children – and not with guilt – invites everyone to look responsibly.
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Wrote Mariana CarvalhoDay 06/08/2022