Smartphones: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

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As advancements in technology increase, our attachment to digital devices increases as well. The digital world is the center of contemporary culture. People are more attached to their smartphones than they are with their family. Instead of reading books or even watching television, Americans spend hours on their smartphones: scrolling through social media, photo libraries, contacts, etc.

On May 20th of this year, one man took his relationship with his smartphone to a whole new level. On that day, Aaron Chervenak, a director in Los Angeles, decided to marry his smartphone. The ceremony took place at the Little Las Vegas Chapel.

The ‘wedding’ that took place was not a real marriage. What took place in the Chapel was a tribute to smartphones and their roles in everyday life. In Chervenak’s view, the relationship people have with smartphones is a very important one.

“If we’re gonna be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds, and to me, that’s also what a relationship is about. In a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship.”

While Chervenak’s statement may seem ridiculous, it rings with truth. People are now extremely dependent on their smartphones. In many settings, people use their smartphones as a crutch: looking to them to avoid awkward social situations. Instead of making real experiences, people live through the screen of their digital devices.

Many accuse the Millenial generation of being guilty of this faux life, but that is not true. Anyone who uses social media, a cellphone, a computer, an iPad, etc. is a member of the digital world. The problem here is that in spite of the unhealthy attachment many have with their phones, the convenience and advances smartphones have brought to mankind are priceless. The positives of a technological life far outweigh the benefits.

Along with this, many people, especially Millenials, feel that the attachment and dependence felt towards smartphones is natural. Cellular devices are their best friends, their soul mates, their happily ever after. They know what each person wants before they even ask it. They can store loved one’s phone numbers, remind one of family birthdays and holidays, set appointments, and they never forget anything. Smartphones are the perfect partner. How are we to tell people that this is wrong?

 

About Mariah Rigg

Mariah is a sarcastic, cynical, young woman who dislikes most people while ironically being very much in love with humanity. Her passions are hiking, free diving, reading, writing, and food. At the moment, her favorite book would have to be The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, mostly because Dominique makes her cry and partly because she is enamored with the idea that the biggest revolution one can take part in is that in which one one is true to one’s individual self (something Mariah strives to achieve daily).

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