But over the course of the last few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that what my parents have been complaining about for years is actually justified.
A lot of people are just too technology-dependent.
For example, most of my classmates walk into class, toss their backpacks on the table, and whip out their phone. No hello's, no good morning's, no beautiful-day-outside. In an instant they are buried in a small screen, excluding everyone around them. Sometimes I try to initiate a conversation, but all I get is a mumbled response and complete lack of attention.
Crazy, isn't it? Few people want to actually talk nowadays. I don't know whether it's shyness, boredom, or habit. All I know is that a lot of people are missing out on new friendship and learning experiences, all because they don't want to put down that electronic device.
Like I already said, the problem isn't necessarily the phone or tablet. It's the fact that those devices can be used to completely destroy the ability to carry on a conversation.
After mulling over these realizations, I see now that my parents were, not surprisingly, right. I can do my part by looking up from the screen and remembering that those blurry figures I can see out of the corner of my eye are real people who might just need someone to smile at them and say good morning. It's easy to forget that there is a lost world who needs to see a Christian who is caring and more concerned for them than their phone.
Who knows what might happen?