Phone addiction is a problem, a serious problem.
We usually hear jokes about how our mothers think that every problem we face in life is because of “that stupid phone!” Or how our parents warn us to put that phone down if we want to succeed in life. Well, nowadays, we don’t hear these phrases in real life. Not because phones have started giving out healthier results but our parents are too busy using it themselves.
Phone addiction has reached dangerous heights with researchers around the world begging people to cope up with the addiction. This phone addiction has a somewhat similar influence on users as the harmful drugs have on drug abusers. Phone addiction has limited human interaction, communication, working and even living.
All of this has alarmed influencing personalities like Pope Francis to came out publicly against the uncontrollable use of phones.
Before Tim Cook, Pope Francis has Warned The World About Phone Addiction:
While writing this blog, I, myself, have touched my phone like a billion times. It has become almost impossible for us to stay away from this gadget. Our phone is becoming the invisible barrier and the sole reason behind the incompletion of our daily tasks.
Realizing the need for guidance, Pope Francis warned a bunch of youngsters about the growing use of phone and its addiction. In a meeting at a school in Rome, He told the young schoolers that “please, free yourselves from your phone addiction.” He further said that the phone is a drug that is causing the danger of “communication being reduced to simple contacts.”
Hearing what the Pope said earlier, the CEO of the technology giant, Apple, had something interesting to say.
Tim Cook on Pope’s Warning and Apple’s Business Model:
Apple’s CEO has always been in news one way or another. But this time, his genuine concern about the on-going and alarming condition of phone addiction, has won our hearts.
On Tuesday, Apple CEO was questioned on how the ordinary human being these days are touching their cell phones a thousand times a day.
When the question was asked in an interview, Tim answered by agreeing on the increasing intensity of the addiction to phones. He said that he agrees how many kids are using their cell phones thousands of times a day however he believes that not only kids but also their parents are addicted to it as well.
When the study was put forward that showed that people, on average, touches their cellphones 2,617 times per day, Tim Cook jokingly said, “Ah, well you shouldn’t be doing that.“
However, finding it the right time to clear his position, Tim said that the company (Apple) aim was never to make people use their phone all the time.
“Don’t want people using their phones all the time. This is never been an objective for us,” said 58-year-old CEO.
Giving a white chit to his company, Tim further said that the unlimited usage of the phone was never the business model of Apple. However, he believes, that the social media platforms like e Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are the ones trying to keep their users constantly engaged.
“It is clear that there are certain apps that people can get in the mindset of just scrolling through mindlessly and continuously picking up their phones and looking to see what is happening this second,” Tim Cook said.
Tim’s Suggestion to Fight Phone Addiction:
Like I said in the beginning, phone addiction has become a serious problem. If you don’t think of it as a problem then you are either not relating to what was just said above or you have passed the addiction stage and now you are on a higher level of love with your phone.
Anyways, when asked more about what he thinks about Pope warning youngsters Tim Cook put forward his own suggestion to help people in the world fight phone addiction.
According to Tim, it’s time for you to start looking into the person’s eyes that is talking to you instead of looking into your phones. Tim believes that “every time you pick up the phone, it means you are taking your eyes off the person you are dealing with. If you are looking at your phone more than you are looking at someone’s eyes? You are doing the wrong thing!”
Another thing that Tim believes might be helpful is turning off the app’s notifications,
After applying this trick himself, Tim believes he has found himself in a much relaxing atmosphere. Now he doesn’t have to check thousands of notification daily received.
So now you know what one of the most successful people in the world has done for fighting phone addiction, when are you doing it?